COLLEGE STATION — “The education system and the prison system are in competition for their souls,” says Texas A&M University Professor of Urban Education Marlon James about black males in America.
James is a renowned expert in urban and multicultural education and researches the development of highly successful black males, providing recommendations for concerned parents, schools and communities.
James, associate director of the Center for Urban School Partnerships, College of Education & Human Development, points to what he says are the unfair markers of success placed on youth in urban communities, especially young black men (e.g. standardized test scores), as being contributors to a societal system that dooms them to fail.
“We don’t have an achievement gap,” he insists. “We have an opportunity gap.