Research news source, Alpha Galileo Foundation, published a Wiley-Blackwell press release on its website called “How to Halt the Pre-K to Prison Trend for African-American Youth.” The article states, “The solution to this problem lies within families, schools and communities. The author of the study, Oscar A. Barbarin, III, PhD., suggests the following answers:
- Parents should engage children “through talking, listening, and offering challenging new experiences.”
- Schools should:
- Acknowledge the unique challenges of African-American boys
- Develop strong relationships with the families of their African-American boys
- Incorporate movement in instruction
- “Classrooms can be reformed to provide more engaging and accepting environments for boys.”
- Community groups—coalitions, churches, etc.—can provide male mentors, especially when there is little to no presence of an adult male at home.