The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color: Reflections on Four Days of Dialogue on the Educational Challenges of Minority Males

Jan 1, 2010

The College Board held seminars convening scholars, practitioners, and advocates from African-American, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Native-American communities to explore the educational challenges facing young men. This report draws on participants' comments from these Dialogue Days, highlighting unique concerns among the racial/ethnic groups and also common themes.
  • Participants agreed that there is a profound crisis in education of minority males that is overlooked; mainstream society has not realized the extent of the problem or the long-term damage it will cause to the nation.
  • School, social, and community pressures contribute to misguided decisions and undermine the aspirations and expectations of young men of color.
  • Role models of academic success, cultural memory, and positive definitions of masculinity are important for male identity and pride.
  • If current demographic and educational attainment trends continue, the overall educational level of the American workforce will probably decline.
  • A major part of the challenge lies in erasing disparities in educational attainment so that low-income students and underrepresented minorities have the ability to complete degrees.