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Pathways to Excellence – What We Know Works for Nurturing Black Children’s Success

African American Children in Early Childhood Education

ISBN: 978-1-78714-259-6, eISBN: 978-1-78714-258-9

ISSN: 2051-2317

Publication date: 22 May 2017

Abstract

In this chapter, we dismantle the current educational rhetoric that pervasively characterizes Black children as being at-risk, deficient, or underachievers. Instead, we replace this deficit-oriented rhetoric with one that encapsulates the cultural and educational excellence that inspires Black children to reach their potential. First, we provide an overview of the current educational landscape for Black children and articulate by whom and how Black children are being educated. Next, we then define educational success and excellence within the context of an African-centric perspective of holistic development and wellness. Then, we highlight programs, schools, and approaches that have been successful in educating Black children. Finally, we identify key principles and guidelines in educating Black children that will have educational, research, and policy implications.

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Citation

Durden, T.R. and Curenton, S.M. (2017), "Pathways to Excellence – What We Know Works for Nurturing Black Children’s Success", African American Children in Early Childhood Education (Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education, Vol. 5), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 35-55. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2051-231720170000005003

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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