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Sharokky Hollie talks about teaching black males

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Sharroky Hollie lectures on The (Mis)Education of Black Boys this afternoon.

In one school district after another, the underperformance of African American males is a persistent crisis. On average, black boys read at lower levels, perform worse on standardized tests, and drop out at higher rates than white students or black girls.

According to Sharokky Hollie, founder of the California-based Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, part of the problem is that many schools “do not validate or affirm” the home culture of black male students, who become “the most stigmatized among underserved students in terms of the invalidation of who they are in the classroom.”

This afternoon, Boston University’s School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences African American Studies Program host Hollie, who will make his case in a lecture titled The (Mis)Education of Black Boys.

His organization, founded in 2003, works with school districts across the country to increase the “cultural resonance” of both the teaching practices and curriculum materials used to teach young African-American males.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Thurman Center, in the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave. 

Chris Berdik can be reached at cberdik@bu.edu.

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