Who Dropped the ball on our kids? The continuing “mis-education” of black youth and its negative effect on their identity formation and economic power.
The book is a troubling, yet cautiously optimistic examination of the history and impact of American education on the identity formation and development of Black young people. Its larger context is the systematic efforts over 300+ years to maintain America’s race-based power dynamics through its institutional network, specifically focused on schools’ reform efforts and hidden curriculum. The book offers thoughts and practical considerations for parents, administrations, teachers, and community groups working to develop and maximize the potential of Black young people as community-conscious thinkers, leaders and achievers.
A must read for Black parents, educators and school leaders committed to the life success of Black students.
Sondai K. Lester has spent much of his life leading, teaching, researching, and writing, with education as a central theme in his commitment to social change. His experiences and leadership have ranged across the social sector: as public school and university teacher; board of education region vice chair; Atlanta Housing Commission chair; a lead minister and theologian at the Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church in Detroit and Atlanta for more than 25 years; leader of Black male, fatherhood and early childhood learning initiatives for City of Detroit Head Start; educational consultant to school leaders; and service on numerous community boards. He has taught and trained scores of ministers in liberation theology and helped transform the lives of thousands seeking racial uplift, reclamation of self-worth and a path to social change through the Christian experience.
He is a teacher, mentor, friend, and leader. He is consultant and founder of P.S.E. Institute (Planting Seeds of Excellence), which is committed to laying the foundation for excellence among generations of socially-conscious leaders and learners. He continues as a 50+ years’ member of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Sondai has a Master of Arts in Teaching and underwent doctoral studies in Educational Administration. To augment his theological work, he attended seminary at Atlanta’s Interdenominational Theological Center.
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