White Prescriptions?

Un libro in lingua di Fitzgerald Terence D. edito da Paradigm Pub, 2009

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It is an undeniable fact that the largest percentage of prisoners in America is made up of Black men, far beyond their ratio to the general population. Fitzgerald, a sociologist, believes that the roots of this imbalance begin in the public education system. He argues that Black boys are more likely to be deemed disruptive or "slow learners" and much more likely to be put on psychotropic drugs to control behavior. His study commences with the historical background of attitudes toward male African Americans. He then gives an overview of the drugs, such as Ritalin, noting his concern that they have not been carefully tested for the effects of long-term use. He lists several cases of gun violence in schools by both Black and White males in which the shooters were on these drugs. The final chapter gives the results of his own research on racial and gender bias in Champaign/Urbana IL. He ends with a call to revamp the educational practices and attitudes that are causing Black males to lose educational ground even as Black females are gaining. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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