Going to School

The African-American Experience

Edited by Kofi Lomotey

Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Paperback : 9780791403181, 256 pages, August 1990
Hardcover : 9780791403174, 256 pages, September 1990

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Table of contents


About the Contributors


Kofi Lomotey
Part One — Problem Identification

1. An Interview With Booker Peek
Kofi Lomotey

2. The State of African-American Education
Faustine C. Jones-Wilson

Part Two — Factors Affecting Academic Achievement

3. Changing an Urban School: Problems of Capacity and Power
James R. Bliss and Margarida C. Carrasco

4. Combatting Deculturalization of the African-American Child in the Public School System: A Multicultural Approach
Felix Boateng

5. Policy Failure in Urban Schools: How Teachers Respond to Increased Accountability For Students
Mwalimu J. Shujaa

6. Helping Black Children Succeed: The Significance of Some Social Factors
Norris M. Haynes and James Comer

7. Literacy and Schooling in Subordinate Cultures: The Case of Black Americans
John U. Ogbu

Part Three — Limitations of Academic Achievement Measures

8. Limitations of Current Academic Achievement Measures
Asa G. Hilliard, Ill

9. Standardized Test Scores and the Black College Environment
Jacqueline Fleming
Part Four — Programs That Work

10. The Madison Elementary School: A Turnaround Case
Barbara A. Sizemore

11. Qualities Shared by African-American Principals in Effective Schools: A Preliminary Analysis
Kofi Lomotey

12. African-American Achievement: A Research Agenda Emphasizing Independent Schools
Joan Davis Ratteray

13. Visions for Children: Educating Black Children in the Context of Their Culture
Janice Hale-Benson




In this ground-breaking book, noted scholars/educators respond to the persistent, pervasive and disproportionate underachievement of African-American students in public schools. In the process, they illustrate various aspects of the dilemma with a wide range of views and address the complexity of the topic by including a consideration of the factors that impact upon the academic achievement of African-American students. Lomotey considers the implications for research, policy and practice related to African-American academic achievement.

Kofi Lomotey is Assistant Professor of Educational Administration in the Department of Educational Organization, Administration and Policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


"It is creatively put together. Stylistically the writing is neither pessimistic or oppressive. There is an excellent admixture of authors to include seasoned veterans, younger scholars and former practitioners. Developmentally the work builds progressively from problem identification, to factors affecting achievement, to limitations of achievement measures, to programs that work. The importance attached to schooling of 'at-risk' youngsters, of which African-American youngsters are a part, is one of the crucial issues on the national political agenda today. " — Carol Camp Yeakey, University of Virginia