Chutes and ladders: Young African American males navigating potholes to achieve academic success

Dwan V. Robinson, Desireè Vega, James L. Moore, Renae D. Mayes, Jacob R. Robinson

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There has been a substantial increase in the number of successful African Americans. However, many students, especially African American males, continue to encounter numerous academic obstacles. This chapter focuses on the factors (e.g., social, academic, personal, and familial) that African American males often have to navigate throughout their PreK-12 schooling. Hindrances, such as poverty, lack of academic readiness, poor school experiences, teacher quality, and peer influences, often negatively impact the academic progress of these students and their access to higher level or gifted instruction. In this chapter, the authors discuss strategies that best counter these factors and support and supplement gifted black boys’ educational experiences. Additionally, educational practice and policy recommendations are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Race and Ethnicity in Education
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Race and Ethnicity in Education
ISSN (Print)2051-2317
ISSN (Electronic)2051-2325

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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