Talkin' Back: Raising and Educating Resilient Black Girls

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Education - 129 pages

The lives of Black girls have far too frequently been used to support assertions regarding their alleged deviance and pathology. These claims have public policy implications, as they have served to ignite firestorms of debate and criticism that have ultimately resulted in harsh welfare reform and other such blame-the-victim policy initiatives. This book clarifies that today's Black girls are not receiving equitable learning opportunities in school.

Many Black girls are achieving academic success and pursuing higher education despite significant impediments in their schooling. Talkin' Back offers readers specific strategies that are designed to enhance the efforts of parents and communities, as they work in partnership with schools, raising Black girls who are prepared to wisely confront societal and educational challenges.

 

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Contents

Introduction
DILEMMAS
10
SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS AND PROPOSALS FOR ACTION
46
What Is the Role of the Community?
62
What Is the Role of Schools?
72
Epilogue
86
Bibliography
112
Index
124
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DIERDRE GLENN PAUL is Professor of Literacy Education, Montclair State University, NJ

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