By, Howard Williams
September 15th 2017
As I began to look at the number of black males graduating from both High School and College I was encouraged.
However, I like to look at both sides of an equation.
The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males, examines the graduation rate for black males in public high schools. The report finds a 47 percent national graduation rate for black males. If that is so what happens to the 53 percent that do not graduate from high school?
Why Are Graduation Rates So Low
Now let us look at the college graduation rate for black males. For the past four years the college graduation rate now stands at 35 percent. Again I ask the question what happens to the 65 percent that do not graduate from college.
Black Student College Graduation Rate
In order not to leave any means of higher education out of the equation. Lets consider community college and vocational trades certification.
Why are graduation rates at community colleges so low
So I am going to keep the numbers so that I can understand, using 100 black males as a benchmark.
16.5 black males out of 100 black males graduate college.
10 black males out of 100 black males has a community college degree or a vocational training certificate.
20.5 black male high school graduates out every 100 black males with no formal higher education.
53 out of every 100 black males with not even a high school diploma.
So, if my numbers are close. That means approximately 73.5 black males out every 100 black males have no higher education or skilled trades training. And yet this is acceptable in the minority community with no solutions.
For some black males lets at least start here! National Skilled Trades Network