The aspect of African American males academic achievement rate is falling tremendously low. Their dropout rates compared to white males has a bigger gap in terms of their ethincy numbers and the dropout rates. Both races differ between “private troubles” and “public issues”. In this paper I would like to focus on how larger forces and experiences can constrain academic achievement and life chances in African American males. The data that I will use will be the data of African American males and white males in Oakland Tech in Oakland, CA. By further investigating Oakland Tech high school, we see that conflicting messages arises in African American academic achievement. White males are noticeably higher in graduate rates (62%) than the African American males at (48.4%) in Oakland Tech high school. In contrast, African American males have a much lower percentage of h graduates with CSU/UC required (28.9%) compared Whites (87.8%). While the data on African American males students at Oakland Tech High School may not be in representative of the entire nation percentage on all African American males, we see that it is likely a possibility that teacher expectations do have an effect on African American males students.
In addressing the possibilities that teacher expectations do have an effect on African American males students. I want to focus on the book “Bad Boys” by ( ) in this book she argues how African American males already have “a jail cell with their names on it (author, Pg.1). Furthermore, (author) was doing her research on the view of African American males in the teachers mind and what were their expectations on the African American males. And what she found was that the teachers views were negative because of the stigma already place on an African American males that their behavior is reckless and that most of them end up in prisons and that their life chances are slim to none because they tend to fall in the cycle of what society pictures them to be.
In the article, “Increasing Prosocial Behavior and Academic Achievement Among Adolescent African