“Schooling for Resilience”

“Schooling for Resilience”

September 12, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


So yes, we just wrote this book,
“Schooling for Resilience.” We wrote it because of the growing concern throughout the country about what’s happening with African American and Latino males. President Obama has recently spoken about this,
launched an initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper.” We thought it would be important to look at
the schools that are serving these young men to try to understand what they do,
understand how they work, understand how they approach the needs of the children, and I think we uncovered some things that will be helpful
to other educators. Not all of what they do is working, right? And I think in too many cases they have under-emphasized the importance of the academic needs of the children and put much more emphasis on the social and the emotional aspects, which are also important. But in many of those schools, there is a very
clear narrative that they are saving these boys that is also influencing the boys, that
they are trying to prepare young men for life. And that is encouraging and inspiring to see,
that these are schools in many cases, where kids are coming from difficult circumstances, where boys like them are at great risk to violence,
great risk to crime, and to gangs. And these are schools that are having an impact on that. And for that reason we should be learning from those schools and should be figuring out how to do more of what works. It doesn’t mean that we need to separate boys in all cases, but it does mean that we need to have
a very deliberate strategy to address what’s going on with these young men of color because the data is very clear: this is probably one of the most vulnerable segments of our population in terms of life chances, in terms of employment, in terms of the criminal justice system, and unless we do something about it, it affects our entire society.