NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, national education consultant and bestselling author of the newly released Understanding Black Male Learning Styles, believes that today's classroom is no place for a growing African American boy. Schools have virtually ignored the fact that boys and girls learn differently and that they mature at different rates. African American male students suffer the most from this neglect.
Kunjufu asks, "Have we designed a female classroom for male students? Are we expecting boys to learn in the same manner as girls?" Since 1985, Kunjufu has advocated for single-gender classrooms and schools to meet the learning, social, cultural, and emotional needs of Black boys.
The Kunjufu Learning Styles Model
The secret, says Kunjufu, is understanding how they learn. "If teachers teach to students' learning styles, if they create stimulating, culturally relevant learning environments, our boys will excel in school," he says.
Kunjufu estimates that as many as two-thirds of students and an even larger percentage of African American males are right-brain learners, however, most of the learning activities are oriented toward visual-print learners (left-brain). This has created a disastrous learning environment for right-brain students, and it must be resolved if Black boys are to improve their classroom performance.
"Educating the African American and Hispanic Male Child National Conference," May 3-4, 2011, Chicago, Illinois.
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