When we look at the gloomy history of the African American, we first need to look at where it started, the 14th century in West Africa. This was the first recorded instance of slave ships sailing with human cargo, traveling to lands and a way of life that could never be fathomed, the predicament for African Americans was becoming more of a reality. Slaves, who were stripped of their self-respect, and deemed sub human, African’s were then enslaved as a means to support the building of an American system of capitalism at minimal cost.
The predicament of the African American student is no different today than it was in the past. Conditions endemic to the plight of African American students have been at the forefront of attention in higher education for more than forty years, and haven’t improved in my opinion. So where does this lead us today? How can a paradigm shift in education access and equity ensure success for African American’ students in the future?
The world as we know it and currently live in is in a flux currently and is ever changing where we as a society are currently living and progresses toward globalization, and learning becomes more technologically influenced, cultural frames of reference will be increasingly more critical to teaching and learning. The importance of understanding culture and race will become ever more important. The reality and the impact on diverse members in cultural groups will support shared goals as opposed to identifying conflicts between individuals and groups will also be more important as society progresses.
So where does this leave us and what do I believe can be done to ascertain a solution to this quandary? While the U. S. still maintains a strong rank among t...
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...sider doing the following to encourage college participation and success among African American’s: (a) improve teacher quality for underrepresented minority students, (b) encourage more African American’s to enroll in college prep courses, particularly in math and science prior to college, (c) advocate a change in the way schools are financed, (d) hold law-makers and Congress accountable for ensuring that minority students have access to appropriate resources to finance their college education, (e) pressure states to reserve remedial educational programs, which some researchers suggest facilitate access to education for underrepresented minorities; and (f) encourage better collaboration between colleges and local schools to foster minority students‘ academic preparedness for college, which will reduce barriers to collegiate access and promote collegiate success.
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