Blacks Males Are More Likely Not to Graduate High School

By: John Rogers Email
By: John Rogers Email

Black males in Florida and Georgia are graduating from high school at lower rates than the national average and educators say they can't fix this problem alone.

According to the Schott Foundation for Public Education, around 60% of black male high schoolers both in Georgia and Florida don't make it to graduation.

One educator says 70% of all inmates are high school dropouts, and the solution starts at home.

As high school senior Jerrico Lee practices his sign language in class, he is a sign himself of all that is possible.

"It all comes down to how bad you wanna get out of your current situation," Lee says.

Lee was raised by his great-grandmother.

"I never knew my father, my mother was on drugs most of my life," says Lee. "I taught myself how to be a man."

Lee is driven and plans to go to college to play football, but men like him are getting harder to come by.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education says black men in Florida and Georgia are twice as likely not to graduate.

In the Sunshine state, 38% of black men pass high school, and 40% in the peach state.

These numbers are both below the national average of 47%.

Godby High School Counselor Darius Jones says, "We need to encourage our males more, we need to monitor their academics more."

Experts say parents need to step up, showing support both inside the home and inside the classroom.

Edward Tolliver from the FAMU College of Education says, "We've got to get our parents reengaged with the schools and not surrender our kids to the academic or educational system in order to get the job done."

The statistics may be working against them, but some students are working hard to buck that trend.

It's a trend that Lee could've followed but didn't.

He understands what his peers go through but he strives to be living proof that words on paper don't have to direct your life.

But not all the blame is placed on parents.

One official says some parents have to work two jobs to make ends meet, or are too busy to take part in school activities.

Even school resource officers can be blamed for being too tough, but excuses aside, educators agree these students simply need more positive influences in their lives.

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  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Jul 1, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    ha ha ha Location: fla on Jun 30, 2009 at 09:35 AM..This is how you spell "STUPID".
  • by GV Location: Ga on Jun 30, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    Well you don't think that anonymous is being racist when he says blacks don't succeed because they are afraid of being called white?Oh,I forgot,it's only racist if a white man says it.
  • by ha ha ha Location: fla on Jun 30, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    To gv and rob this is how you spell RACIST
  • by Like I Said Location: ga on Jun 30, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    GV needs to get a life and Rob needs to follow who knows what in your closet
  • by GV Location: Ga on Jun 30, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    To anonymous,so your saying that blacks drop out of school,become thugs and go to prison to keep from being call white?That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
  • by rob Location: tally on Jun 30, 2009 at 04:24 AM
    Yep...blacks have greater fatherless homes, lack of want to better themselves, ability to go to school....wait...we have bussing, mentorships, and free and equal education for what is the real problem? I say its the black society still playing the victim and instead of bettering themselves (with education), they opt to gov't handouts and force entitlement programs to cover their laziness. Then, lets take a look at their role models...rappers and gang-bangers...the same people who dog women, shoot at each other, steal from each other, lie to each other, ect...but yet this is still the issue of the white man...right? Black neighborhoods are the most violent...ever stop and wonder why!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:51 PM
    We can always try to fix this problem the liberal way- throw millions and millions of dollars at it and hope it goes away. Problem solved. Right lefties?
  • by Bubba Location: Wakulla on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:09 PM
    They even blame resource officers in this article. This is ridiculous. Always blaming someone else! THAT'S their culture
  • by Idiot on Jun 29, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Graduate?? They are forced to go to school in the first place. They dont want to be there, they go for lunch and to play football and hit the showers with each other, they deal drugs and rape girls on the bus. Black males and western society dont mix well unless they have some white genes in them. Most black males have an average IQ of a moron and yet our media and modern liberals try and push this notion that black males are like whites when in fact they arent. The exception never makes the rule but if you repeat a lie enough times it becomes the truth to the majority. When whites finally realize that the average black male has the cognitive abilities of a 4th grader they will stop expecting them to be an equal. We see so many black males struggling under the burdens of freedom. One wonders if left untrained by western education would most black males revert back to Grimaldi cave beast or hunter gatherers. Cannibals and witchdoctors. Hmmmmm Just a thought. Who's next?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    All they have to do is pay attention and do the work. Problem solved.
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