Author: Jason B. Allen

Jason has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, blogger and community advocate. He speaks and writes primarily about the need to improve education for Black boys, particularly increasing the number of Black male educators in schools. In addition to blogging here at EdLanta, Jason is also a featured writer at Education Post.

Every Parent Raising Black Boys Should Know This!

Unfortunately for Black boys, being an “unruly” child in school could have you sent to prison and not just the Principal’s office. Black boys in schools are treated poorly based off of stereotypes based on the definition of unruly. This is one of the causes of the high numbers of Black boys being suspended from schools. If we’re going to change…

It Takes a Black Male Teacher to Swag Out Robotics

A Georgia educator is proving that Black boys can excel in engineering. Using cars and robots, this teacher is making CTAE (what we in Georgia call career, technical and agricultural education) cool again. His presence as a Black male teacher has increased the interest and enrollment of Black boys in CTAE and robotics. A Black male teacher can definitely swag out…

Restoring Atlanta’s Planetarium Could Increase The Achievement of Black Boys

Atlanta residents are currently petitioning the APS school board leaders to reconsider their vote and usage of the $2.4 million E/SPLOST funds in order to renovate the Atlanta Planetarium. Black boys in Atlanta schools are struggling in Science. Research shows that the lack of exposure of Black boys to Science lowers their ability to succeed academically. Restoring the Planetarium could be…

Educating Black Boys Isn’t Hard

Black boys discipline records tend to be longer than their academic achievements and this must change. Teachers complain about discipline with their Black boys often. The U.S. Dept of Ed and Schott Foundation Reports that 59% of Black boys and 42% of Hispanic boys report being suspended. Discipline infractures range from talking in class to physical alternations. All of this is on…

Are We Really Banning Our Black Boys With Dreadlocks From School?

Black boys should not be banned from schools for having dreadlocks. Many wear dreadlocks for cultural, religious or spiritual reasons. They are discriminated against because of their hair in schools by leaders, teachers and peers. A high school in Kentucky had school leaders who felt like dreadlocks impact appearance and academics. Imagine being a Black boy and told you have to…

Black Fathers and Sons Reading Is the New Norm in Atlanta!

Black boys in Atlanta are reading more because of literacy-based programs like Real Dads Read. I wrote about the organization that runs it, Fathers Incorporated, back in October. Real Dads Read has since grown now having 71 libraries/learning centers in barber shops and schools around metro Atlanta. The initiative has distributed more than 5000 books helping to ensure Black fathers and…