Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males

By Freeman A. Hrabowski III; Kenneth I. Maton et al. | Go to book overview

get into the medical field. During those years, he found out he has to push hard in biology especially. He did extremely well in science and tech. This is about working hard. He can do very well in everything, but not high. He knew what he wanted to do--but he has to work very hard in the science field so he can go into medicine.

Other students did not appear to work as hard, which may be due in part to natural aptitude, but in nonmagnet schools this may also have been due to the lack of competition. For the following student, his lack of hard work is related to his high level of natural capability.

As far as my math and science classes, in high school I didn't have to try for those classes. Even in my math classes up here [in college] there is not really much effort put into it.

However, even the most gifted of these students learn that if they want to excel, there is no substitute for hard work as the coursework becomes more advanced. In general, the students are best characterized as extremely hardworking and extremely focused on succeeding.
Summary
A number of points about the secondary-school years are deserving of comment. 13
1. Many parents continue to play an important role in the mathematics and science education of their sons, although the specific nature of the role varies across families. For some parents, ensuring their sons' access to special programs and emphasizing the importance of continued learning through the summer months constitute a major influence. For others, direct help with homework or science projects, or modeling based on their specialized skills or training in math, science, or technical areas, is important. 14
2. The vast majority of sons report extremely high levels of encouragement and support from their parents in terms of succeeding in math and science courses. In some cases, parents encouraged their sons in this direction because of their own interests. In many others, the parents followed up on their sons' emerging interest and aptitude. In all cases, courses and careers in math and science are looked upon as valuable and important.
3. Many of the sons benefited from magnet programs or schools spe-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 - Successful African American Males and Their Families 3
  • 2 - Father-Son Relationships: The Father's Voice 23
  • Summary 57
  • 3 - Mother-Son Relationships: The Mother's Voice 62
  • Summary 95
  • 4 - The Son's Perspective 101
  • Summary 137
  • 5 - Parenting and Educating for Success in Math and Science: from Early Childhood to College 148
  • Summary 166
  • Summary 170
  • Summary 184
  • Summary 187
  • 6 - Parenting African American Males for the Twenty-First Century: What We Have Learned 188
  • Appendix a Overview of Study Procedure 206
  • Appendix B National Science Foundation Minority Student Development Programs 209
  • Notes 211
  • References 227
  • Index 237
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