Schooling for Resilience

Schooling for Resilience Improving the Life Trajectory of Black and Latino Boys

Edward Fergus, Pedro Noguera, and Margary Martin
cloth, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-675-3
Price: $65.00

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paper, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-674-6
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As a group, Black and Latino boys face persistent and devastating disparities in achievement when compared to their White counterparts: they are more likely to obtain low test scores and grades, be categorized as learning disabled, be absent from honors and gifted programs, and be overrepresented among students who are suspended and expelled from school. They are also less likely to enroll in college and more likely to drop out. Put simply, they are among the most vulnerable populations in our schools.

Schooling for Resilience investigates how seven newly formed schools, created specifically to serve boys of color, set out to address the broad array of academic and social problems faced by Black and Latino boys.


At a time of crisis among Black and Latino boys—the most vulnerable populations in our public schools—Schooling for Resilience probes the souls of schools and provides a brilliant road map to better education.
— Gilberto Q. Conchas, associate professor and chancellor’s fellow, School of Education, University of California, Irvine

Schooling for Resilience not only lays out the issues, circumstances, and problems facing Black and Latino males in school systems, but offers a systematic statement of where and how intervention for improvement should be situated. . .This is clearly a work that will encourage collective action to address a standing crisis.
— Alford Young, Jr., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

This ground-breaking study of single-sex schools for young African American and Latino men provides deeply nuanced conclusions about the kinds of school interventions that may make a difference. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in creating true game-changing education for marginalized young men of color.
— Lisa Delpit, Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education, Southern University and A&M College

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About the Authors

Edward Fergus is assistant professor of educational leadership at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.

Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University.

Margary Martin is a visiting assistant professor at Brown University.

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