I belong to this group which meets Sunday evenings on Arsenal Street.

through October 10  2013 677We are Salvation Army people from the metro St Louis area meeting to study Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu.  Major Gail (photo center) leads us.

The last couple weeks we’ve examined the ‘fourth grade failure syndrome’.  Kunjufu identifies factors that “contribute to the decline in African American boys’ achievement” in school –

  • decline in parental involvement
  • increase in peer pressure
  • decline in nurturance
  • decline in teacher expectations
  • lack of understanding of learning styles
  • lack of male teachers

Is this true?  What can we do in our centers, programs, neighborhoods to provide what is needed to counter this complex of factors?

Tawana Craig’s blog has a good page on Kunjufu.Jawanza Kunjufu

In the St Louis area?  Interested?  You are invited to join us 4:00 – 5:15 PM at the Salvation Army, 2740 Arsenal Street, St Louis MO.

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