Oakland School Aims to Help Black Boys

Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, September 4, 2012

In the first hour of the first day of school Tuesday, the sixth-grade Oakland boy was sure he was in trouble for goofing off.

His teacher, Peter Wilson, had stopped his lesson in mid-sentence and turned his attention to the African American preteen, who now wore an uh-oh expression as he braced for a rebuke.

“Did you eat breakfast this morning?” Wilson asked quietly as the confused boy shook his head no. “Your actions are telling me you’re hungry.”

The teacher, also African American, then promised to bring fruit and granola bars the next day and returned to teaching. The boy’s behavior immediately improved.

That might not have been the result at other Oakland middle schools, where a third of black males were suspended at least once last year.

But at the 100 Black Men Community School, a new all-male public charter school, educators and organizers say they refuse to accept those odds—or any of the other statistics associated with black boys that include higher dropout rates, lower test scores and disproportionate placement in special education programs.

The school, started and financially supported by the Bay Area chapter of the 100 Black Men nonprofit organization, is open to all male students, but it was created specifically for issues facing black boys—including difficult family lives, street culture, community violence and lack of male role models outside professional sports and the music industry.

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While the idea of a black boys school might sound counterintuitive given the efforts of past generations to desegregate public schools, it’s not about racial segregation, school organizers said.

It’s about recognizing that the status quo isn’t working and identifying the specific needs of African American young men. Not all teachers are prepared to deal with those needs, said Derrick Bulles, of the Bay Area 100 Black Men.

Too often, African American boys get marginalized; teachers don’t understand them or fear them, Bulles said.

At 100 Black Men Community School, most of the instructors, administrators and board members are black males.

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Organizers say the school will be rigorous while focusing on African American culture and individual identity based on a wide range of role models.

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The school opened its doors to 90 students, but expects to enroll 120 male students in kindergarten and first, fourth, fifth and sixth grades this year and eventually add grades to grow into a K-12 with 900 students.

Mentors will be an integral part of the school, which will offer pre-med, aeronautics, robotics and other math and science programs.

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It was modeled in part after the Eagle Academy for Young Men, started by the 100 Black Men New York chapter in 2004, where the graduation rate is more than 80 percent compared with 30 percent for African American males across New York City.

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  • Moe

    Many people (not me of course) feel the best way to help WHITE boys and girls is to school them without blacks in the classes.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      Moe,
      It’s true! Those people are correct.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      An all White class doesn’t mean that there won’t be some who disrupt the process but the difference lies in the fact that disciplining the White kids or even expelling them will not bring the wrath of the government down on the school district. Disciplining them will not  result in accusations of racism; arguably the most feared thing of which one could be accused.

  • Puggg

    While the idea of a black boys school might sound counterintuitive given
    the efforts of past generations to desegregate public schools, it’s not
    about racial segregation, school organizers said.

    This is not counter-intuitive.  Desegregation means blacks can choose between mixed schools and all-black schools, while whites’ only choice is mixed schools.

  • “Organizers say the school will be rigorous while focusing on African American culture”
     
    I’m pretty sure that’s the reason LIBERALS say they are in their current predicament.  It cannot be genetics it has to be CULTURE.  So let’s focus on a dysfunctional culture that produces broken homes and destroyed communities. 

    “it was created specifically for issues facing black boys—including
    difficult family lives, street culture, community violence and lack of
    male role models outside professional sports and the music industry.”

    Is the above not representative of African American culture?  Also, why is this a problem that affects only African BOYS?  I guess the girls are doing just fine.

  • Ulick

    “But at the 100 Black Men Community School, a new all-male public charter school, educators and organizers say they refuse to accept those odds—or any of the other statistics associated with black boys that include higher dropout rates, lower test scores and disproportionate placement in special education programs.”

    Well, the organizers and educators of the 100 Black Men Community School aren’t alone.  For some odd reason, most people refuse to accept statistics associated with black boys that include higher dropout rates, lower test scores and disproportionate placement in special education programs.  

  • Church_of_Jed

    We should jail any White teacher who applies for a job in these blacks only schools.

    Whites must stop investing in Diversity and keep it close to home and practice Whites Only decisions every moment.

    Practice Intentional Acts of Whiteness.

  • Puggg

    Let’s not be so down. We’ve said over the years that blacks should show us how it’s done, show us how to teach blacks. Now they have their chance.

    So when this school turns out to be a total flop, we can laugh at them.

    • 549106

      Anyone who’s not an idiot would wish them every success. Do you not want to live among ignorant, crime-prone, and racist blacks, or do you just not want to live among blacks in general, even if they’re able to learn, get steady jobs, and stop blaming whites for their problems? The first is completely rational race-realism, and the second is irrational, primordial racism.  I’m totally in favor of the first, totally against the second.

      Usually racialists give a strange double-warning: it’s not possible to improve the behavior of blacks, therefore, people shouldn’t try. There’s no harm in trying, since we don’t know where the exact limits are.  Is the real fear that they might actually succeed and then the good and reasonable justifications you have might disappear, leaving you with only your irrational feelings? 

      • Puggg

        Nice…for a Hallmark card.

        If they do succeed, then they can take satisfaction in the fact that they did it all themselves, and that this pup can’t nose in on the credit.

  • Easyrhino1

    So what this entire exercise in social engineering tells us is that diversity and multiculturalism doesn’t work for African Americans

  • Jay11

    “While the idea of a black boys school might sound counterintuitive given the efforts of past generations to desegregate public schools, it’s not about racial segregation, school organizers said.”

    Hypocrisy, anyone?  Plain and simple, hypocrites, all of them.

    They spend so much money on these kinds of schools.

    How about separate and unequal schools with blacks being given an unfair advantage because of their race?

    How about 100 White Men setting up a school for poor white boys in West Virginia?  Would that fly?  No it would not.  But another race can do that very same thing for their own.  There is no more justice and we’ve lost our country.  Wait 20 years and see how things are. 

    • Ed_NY

      I am afraid you are right Jay, we have lost out country and I can only imagine what kind of third world cesspool this country will be in 20 years.

  • If surrounding black youth with even more blacks was the answer, shouldn’t DC, Detroit, and Gary Indiana be veritable hot beds of intellectual ferment? 

  • JohnEngelman

    Previous efforts to help young black males have failed. This one deserves a chance. 

    • The__Bobster

      If it costs additional tax money, I suggest you chip in for it. I’m tired of having my money flushed down the toilet.

      • Bad_Mr_Frosty

        Engelman is a liberal. I have no clue why he even bothers posting here.

        • JohnEngelman

          If I am a liberal, I am one who agrees with Professor J. Philippe Rushton that, “On average, Orientals are slower to mature, less fertile, less sexually active, less aggressive, and have larger brains and higher IQ scores. Blacks are at the other pole. Whites fall in the middle, but closer to Orientals than to Blacks…
                      
          “For the past twenty years I have studied race differences in brain size, intelligence, sexuality, personality, growth rate, life span, crime, and family stability. On all of these traits, Orientals fall at one end of the spectrum, Blacks fall at the other end, and Whites fall in between. ” 
          http://www.charlesdarwinresearch.org/Race_Evolution_Behavior.pdf

          Like Professor Rushton, who has spoken at American Renaissance conferences, I believe that these differences are genetic.           

          If I talked that way at a Georgetown dinner party my offense would be deemed more severe than asking for a glass of chardonnay to go with my venison. Indeed, I fear I would not be invited back. 
                         
          I do admire Orientals and Jews. Expressing that admiration might be considered a faux paus at a barbecue in rural Arkansas.

          • Shawn_thefemale

             ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

          • I do admire Orientals and Jews. Expressing that admiration might be considered a faux paus at a barbecue in rural Arkansas.

            No, it would still only be a major faux pas at that Georgetown dinner party. Though many might not make it past your use of “orientals” before they spit-take their Chardonnay. And they probably won’t serve venison.

    • Defiant White

      The fact that you think they can be helped shows how far out left your thinking is.  “Helped” how?  Do you think the vast majority of blacks can ever fully integrate into a white culture?

      (If so, please name the example(s) of when this has ever happened.  Name one example where two distinct cultures have ever fully integrated . . . EXCEPT for the temporary cobbling together under a communist dictatorship.)

      If not, then what does it mean to “help” a black?

      And where, if I could be so bold, do you find the arrogance to suggest that they need “help?”  How do you know that they’re not at peak potential right now?  Why is “helping” a group of any concern to any non-member of that group?

      • JohnEngelman

        Ever since the end of slavery, and to a greater extent since the end of Jim Crow legislation some blacks have been able to perform and behave at white levels. If this increases the number it is beneficial.
                                     
        At any rate, blacks are not going to be re enslaved. They are not going to be deported. They are not going to be re subjected to legally sanctioned segregation. They are not going to be exterminated. 

        • Sloppo

          I disagree with your belief that blacks will not be re enslaved.  Over 90% of blacks vote for collectivists/marxist candidates that promise to redistribute somebody else’s wealth … at every elective opportunity.  Given time, that form of government will always ultimately enslave the populace.  To stop blacks from being re enslaved, you would have to take away their right to vote, or make sure they are too few in number to prevail in their elective quests for enslavement.  I would definitely prefer that blacks choose freedom for themselves, but I respect their right to choose their own enslavement.  On the other hand, I strongly object to their choosing enslavement for my children.  That’s one of the biggest reasons I believe blacks and whites should live under separate governments.

          • JohnEngelman

            You seem to have difficulty distinguishing between a liberal Democrat and a Marxist. There are hardly any Marxists in the United States. “Cultural Marxism” is a term invented by the right to discredit social liberals. 
                                            
            Economic security is not the same as slavery. The Scandinavians have quite a bit more economic security than Americans. Comparing their lot in life to those of slaves in the United States before the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment is a bit of a stretch, and one that Scandinavians would certainly disagree with.  

          • Sloppo

            I have many family members in Scandinavia.  With the exception of the young children, they recognize that their economic system is presently working against them and unsustainable in the long term.  A large percentage of their tax money is being used to fund the Islamic conquest of their country.  If their societies were racially/culturally homogeneous, a limited amount of economic stability might have been possible with that system.  They have a fast growing African/Islamic contingent, so their destiny appears to be similar to the Cloward-Piven Strategy of marxism establishment.  Liberal democrats want the government to take care of their each and every need.  As you mentioned, that part of the equation does not constitute slavery.  On the other hand, the government can not give what it does not first take.  In order to pay for the ever-growing demands of the growing welfare class, the government must find increasingly intrusive ways to take more and more from the people who produce.  When an individual does not own the fruits of his or her labor, he or she is a slave.  Enslavement of this kind is often established incrementally.

          • JohnEngelman

            Sloppo,
                                 
            It does not surprise me that some Scandinavians do not like the status quo there. They are in the minority. One does not see the political polarization, bitterness, and hopelessness in Scandinavia that is so evident in the United States.  

          • Sloppo

            Perhaps you do not see the political polarization, bitterness, and hopelessness, but it is there and my family sees it.  Free speech is suppressed there, but the truth is coming out.

          • JohnEngelman

            I believe blacks and whites should live under separate governments.  
            – Sloppo         
                                      
            It will not happen. We need to make a multi racial society work as well as possible. We have no choice but to play the bad hand southern whites dealt us by being too lazy to grow their own cotton and tobacco. 

          • Sloppo

            I don’t know and I did not say when if or how it will happen, but only that it should.  If you want to blame the southerners for their mistake, you might also want to blame the northerners for not following through on their plans to repatriate blacks to Africa after the War of Northern Aggression.  And then you probably also need to blame Ted Kennedy and his handlers and cohorts for the “Immigration Reform” in 1965 that really turned this country into a “Tower of Babel” scenario.  There is plenty of legitimate blame to go around.

  • Puggg

     There’s an irony in this article. They talk about the special ways needed to teach black boys, but you don’t necessarily need a black male teacher to do it. In my informal experience, most black boys of middle or high school age, to the extent that they can be taught at all, need an alpha male drill sergeant kind of teacher, or if the teacher is not such a person, he or she needs such a person as sort of a sergeant at arms. Also there should be no hint of friendship between black male students and the teachers, just like a private in boot camp isn’t friends with his DI.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    How about the Willie Brown Jr. College Preparatory Academy, just keep dumping money down the black hole.

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Willie-Brown-Prep-falling-short-of-goals-closes-2370466.php

  • Defiant White

    QUOTE:  While the idea of a black boys school might sound counterintuitive given the efforts of past generations to desegregate public schools, it’s not about racial segregation.

    The hell it isn’t.  That’s exactly what it is.  The only difference is that past generations ACCEPTED that the negro couldn’t compete.  These people have come to the same realization but they’re just afraid to admit it.

    I don’t believe this little experiment will last.  I don’t care how many granola bars, bananas and grape dranks you dish out (with my tax dollars).  The average little monster still won’t learn beyond the 85 IQ capacity he was born with.

    • Ed_NY

      I don’t think Oprah’s education experiment in Africa is going so well either. 

  • IKantunderstand

    100 Black Men (the other 5 million are in prison), are doing something, at least. But, no worries, when it doesn’t work, (come on! pre-med, aeronautics,robotics,science and math!!!!!) they still have Infirmative Action to fall back on. 

  • whiteyyyyy

    [email protected]’s.  I thought thats what the problem was, apparently it’s the solution

  • LaSantaHermandad

    “Too often, African American boys get marginalized; teachers don’t understand them or fear them.”Why do they need special understanding? If they’re that alien to traditionally accepted norms of behavior then perhaps they’d be better served by having all Black teachers in an all Black school. Curiously, don’t they have all Black schools in Black areas? The answer is “yes” but the rub is that too many of their teachers are White or perhaps Asian . Both of these groups are genetically incapable of understanding Blacks due to the complexity of the latter’s  psychology and range of emotions.Black teachers on the other hand can and desire to understand Black students and they don’t fear them ergo the quality of the education for Black “youngsters” will be advanced one hundred fold by the forming of a separate educational system of Blacks, by Blacks and for Blacks. The old adage that fences make good neighbors may be the way to go. Separate cultures, separate beliefs and values, separate lives.  Bottom line? Separate countries. The beginning of Pax Americana.

  • Ah, another exercise in futility.

  • They already get free breakfast and lunch at public school…

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “But at the 100 Black Men Community School, a new all-male public charter school…created specifically for issues facing black boys”

    How soon before the buildings are blamed after The 100 Black Men Community School is deemed “underperforming” and a failure?

    Like this failed black school in San Francisco, for example, where the buildings caused blacks to fail — and named appropriately after Willie Brown Jr!!:  

    What had been one of the lowest-performing, under-enrolled schools in San Francisco was little more than a pile of rubble as workers demolished Willie Brown Jr. Academy in the city’s Bayview neighborhood.

    The state designated it as one of the worst 188 schools in the state and demanded the district reform it or shutter it, district officials opted for the latter.

    Three years from now, a $40 million, state-of-the-art science- and music-focused middle school for 650 students will open its doors on the site.

    School district officials hope the new school, which incorporates design elements reflecting the importance of circles in African cultures, will be embraced by the neighborhood and families across the city.

    You see, it is the buildings that are racist!!  THEY are the cause of black school failure!!

    Nothing a few tens of millions of dollars won’t solve…right??

    Bon

  • JackKrak

    Why do these places always have to have overtly racial & slightly in-your-face black names? “100 Black Men”, black this & black that etc.

    And why can’t whites do it?

  • KenelmDigby

    They shouted, screamed, stamped their feet and shed blood to demand ‘desegregation’ 60 years ago – got what they wanted and destroyed the Republic in the process.
    Sixty years later they sneak in ‘segregation’ under their own terms and no one bats an eye-lid.
    Doesn’t White America realise that it’s being played?

  • Blacks know that integrated schools have been a disaster for blacks but they’re so committed to maintaining the farce they forced on us that they won’t say so.

    Now they have to work around the system THEY demanded.

  • How about an all-White school for young boys, with a focus on our European/American
    heritage? I wonder if such a school would be embraced with the same enthusiasm
    and acceptance as an all black school.

  • Good.  All negroes should go to their own schools.  I would get rid of the metal dectors to help support massive depopulation.

  • Sam

    They already tried this in Seattle, WA. It failed as quickly as the students.

  • Sam

    You can see the result of all black schools here.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2008678071_opinb28academy.html