Too Important to Fail
In many states in 2011, fewer than half of young Black males graduate from high school. Low graduation rates combined with high rates of placement in special education classes and disproportionate use of suspension and expulsion add up to a crisis point for young Black males on the brink of adulthood.
In the fifth installment of Tavis Smiley Reports, Tavis investigates the root causes of the increased dropout rate among teenagers, specifically among Black teenage males, as well as what can be done and is being done to reverse this. Behind every catch phrase and every statistic is a young person whose future will be lost if something is not done immediately to change their reality. Tavis travels across the country, speaking to education experts, as well as to the boys themselves about the challenges they face and how education can be redirected to address their needs. He profiles individuals who are making a difference in the lives of these young males and looks at the schools that are best serving them.
An excerpt from Tavis's conversation with Alfred Tatum. (Excerpt 2)
An excerpt from Tavis's conversation with William Wade.
Too Important to Fail: An excerpt from Tavis's conversation with Jonathan Roach.