Now that we’ve elected an African-American intellectual to the highest office in the land, can a reduction in the achievement gap be far behind? For many years we’ve been observing that black male students see very few role models for high academic success. Honors courses are for geeks; so are A’s. If you try for either, you’re “acting white.” After all, look at the successful African-American males in the media: we see athletes and entertainers — both groups neatly conforming to prevailing stereotypes — but not a geek among them.
That’s change we can believe in.
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