The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism: A True Psychology of African American Students
No other group of students has been more studied, more misunderstood, and more maligned than African American students. The racial gap between White and African American students does exist: a difference of roughly 20 percent in college graduation rates has persisted for more than the past two decades. Since 1988, the racial gap on the reading and mathematics sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) has increased from 189 points to 201 points.
What are the true sources of these differences? In The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism: A True Psychology of African American Students (Praeger, 2014), psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology Dr. Kevin Cokley delves into and challenges the dominant narrative regarding black student achievement. He examines the themes of black identity, the role of self-esteem, the hurdles that result in academic difficulties, and the root sources of academic motivation. He proposes a bold alternate narrative that uses black identity as the theoretical framework to examine factors in academic achievement and challenge the widely accepted notion of black anti-intellectualism.
Who should read this book? The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism is valuable to all educators, especially those at the high school through undergraduate college/university level, as well as counselors associated with academic and community institutions, social service providers, policy makers, clergy and lay staff within the faith-based community, and parents. Though framed by academic research, The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism is easy to understand for all who are interested in how schools can become more effective educators of all minorities of color.
Publisher: Praeger, November 11, 2014
Series: Practical and Applied Psychology
Hardcover: 131 pages