This article addresses some of the factors that contribute to low achievement observed in African American students. It is common that either schools or school districts are unable to fix the problem or they are unaware about how the beliefs and attitudes about African American students can contribute to their low performance in school. Furthermore, this article encourages school institutions to examine themselves and change school environments to align to the identities of African American students. African American students must be liberated from negative assumptions about them and to do that, individuals and the institution of school as a whole, has to stop assigning blame to students and families and get serious about reconceptualizing school to meet the needs of all learners.
Johnson, Aaron M.
"Scholastic Liberation: Schools' Impact on African American Academic Achievement,"
Language Arts Journal of Michigan:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.9707/2168-149X.2198
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