Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life

Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life

Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life

Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life


One of the most vexing problems confronting educators today is the chronic achievement gap between black male students and their peers. In this inspiring and thought-provoking book, veteran educator Baruti K. Kafele offers a blueprint for lifting black males up and ensuring their success in the classroom and beyond.

Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life offers proven strategies for getting black male students in middle school and high school to value learning, improve their grades, and maintain high standards for themselves. The author shows how simple but powerful measures to instill self-worth in young black males can not only raise these students' achievement, but also profoundly alter their lives for the better. This book will help you to help students

• Reverse the destructive effects of negative influences, whether among peers or in the popular culture;

• Surmount adverse conditions at home or in their communities;

• Participate in mentorship programs with successful black male adults; and

• Take pride in their heritage by learning about great figures and achievements in black history.

Whether your school is urban or rural, all-black or mixed, you'll find this book to be an insightful resource that addresses the root causes of low achievement among young black males and offers a clear path to overcoming them.


Since entering the field of education in 1988 as a 5th grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York, I have worked predominantly with black students. In my capacities as a classroom teacher, a vice principal, and a principal, my intention has always been to increase the probability for student success.

As a classroom teacher in an urban school district in New Jersey, where I spent the bulk of my career (or my “mission,” as I refer to it), I consistently felt that my students could and would achieve academic excellence under my guidance. My attitude was that my students would be successful because I was their teacher. I worked quite hard with these youngsters over the years, understanding full well that if I was going to be an effective teacher, I had to keep my students motivated and inspired about learning. If I could do that, then learning would certainly follow.

Much of my success in keeping my students motivated and inspired was due to the passion, energy, and enthusiasm that I brought to my lessons all day, every day. I knew that if my delivery was boring, I was going to have a hard time keeping students not only motivated, but focused as well. I wanted my students to be just as excited about learning as I was about teaching. If you teach black males, then you . . .

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