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I Lived the Struggle of Black Boys in Special Education, Which Is Why I Decided to Return to the Classroom

December 4, 2018

By: Jason B. Allen

Source: The 74

It’s your first year at a new middle school and your name is RaQuan. Immediately on the first day of school, you are judged. Your skin color, name, clothes, learning ability all determine if the school’s focus is on your academic or your discipline record.

Like many other black boys, RaQuan is immediately grouped, separated, and singled out as a perceived problem and a threat to the learning environment. Too often, black boys are pushed into special education programs because of their behavior challenges that impact their ability to achieve academic success.

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