Half of black male students are failing in school, concludes a Schott Foundation report. Nationwide, only 47 percent of black males graduate from high school in four years, compared to 75 percent of white males. In some cities, it’s much worse: Indianapolis posts a 19 percent graduation rate; Detroit is 20 percent. (The few white males who go to Detroit public schools are even less likely to earn a diploma in four years; their graduation rate is 17 percent.)
By contrast, Fort Bend, Texas manages to graduate 80 percent of black male students in four years. Several Maryland counties also beat the odds.
Richard Whitmire raises an important question: Why do black girls do so well?
Black girls, in contrast to the boys, get pretty good grades, go to college at decent rates and graduate from college at very good rates, earning degrees as twice the rate of men.
. . . The girls come from the same homes, the same schools, the same neighborhoods as their brothers and neighbors? Seems like a question worth asking, and yet â€¦ silence.
If schools are doing OK with girls, then the problem isn’t race. Whitmire says gender. I’d say a culture that is toxic for young, fatherless males.