Teacher Expectations and Urban Black Males’ Success in School: Implications for Academic Leaders
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 6 No. 2 (2005): Vol-6-Issue-2-February-2005
Over 50 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, the American educational system is fraught with
separate and unequal opportunities for historically underrepresented and underserved populations.
However, unlike the 1950s when race was the single most important predictor of educational
disparities, most contemporary scholars agree that it is a convergence of multiple factors that shapes
the circumstances in which America’s neediest students exist. For example, in 2005 (the most recent
year in which data are available), women represented the majority of college entrants at 2- and 4-year
institutions. Yet, African American women represented a smaller proportion of the total population of
female collegians (U.S. Department of Education 2006).