The Educational Crisis of Young Men of Color

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, and Gaston Caperton, President of the College Board, have written an essay in today’s Huffington Post and calling for national focus on educating young Black men. You can read it here. Gates and Caperton co-hosted a webcast discussion of this topic today at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute. The College Board Advocacy and Policy Center’s recent research in this area produced a report, “The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color”, which you can read here.

GCP heard some additional info today from Professor Gates which we'd like to pass on:  According to the 2010 census, there are 720 black cardiologists practicing in the U.S.  How many black basketball players?  About 350. Even assuming that only half of the cardiologists are men, it is statistically easier for our young men to become a board certified cardiologist than a basketball player in the NBA.

Let's get this word out to the boys who most need to hear it.


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2 responses to “The Educational Crisis of Young Men of Color

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  2. dre

    As a black cardiology fellow in training, I can say that this article is misleading when it says that “it is statistically easier for our young men to become a board certified cardiologist than a basketball player in the NBA”.
    How many black students are accepted into medical schools today in the US? And how many graduate? How many become board certified internists?What are the chances for a black student to accomplish all? On the other hand, how many black players are in college basketball programs and how many make it to the NBA?
    One would have to be almost 30 to finish a general cardiology fellowship without taking into account the sub-specialty training that follows. How many students are prepared/disciplined to remain in training till age 35, with long hours and modest stipends. Cardiology is a rewarding career but entails sacrifices that the writer does not address. Our students are fascinated with the fast life and money that comes from music/ show business/ athletics. Not too many are enthralled about the cultivation of the mind. That is what Professor Gates attempts to address.
    Encourage black students but don’t mislead with false statististics