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Black Mask-ulinity

A Framework for Black Masculine Caring

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Edited By Lisa Bass

Black Mask-ulinity: A Framework for Black Masculine Caring is a collection of research, narratives, essays, and conceptual works to lay the foundation for an important emerging theoretical framework: Black Masculine Caring (BMC). This framework facilitates an understanding of the teaching and leading styles of Black males, and seeks to improve the educational experiences of Black male students. This book is significant in that it builds upon feminist ethic of caring frameworks and takes readers on a journey toward understanding the ethic of caring through a masculine lens. Authors explore the experiences of caring school leaders; Black male students in need of care; Black males as caring fathers; Black males as caring spiritual leaders; and Black males as caring institutional leaders. This book is appropriate for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in classes including the foundations of education, the sociology of education, ethics in educational leadership, teacher preparation, Black studies, and scholars seeking a deeper experience in their study of the ethics of caring.
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Conclusion: Honoring a Pedagogy of Caring for Black Males

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Conclusion

Honoring a Pedagogy of Caring for Black Males

LISA R. BASS



Caring for students is central to student achievement (Cohen, 2001; Noddings, 1984), student engagement (Wentzel, 1997), and effective school reform (Delpit, 2006; Noddings, 1992, 1994; Shade & Edwards, 1987; Siddle Walker & Snarey, 2004). Therefore, learning the language and culture of caring from multiple perspectives is essential toward understanding the nuances of how Black males care and need to be cared for. This knowledge is especially needed in high-poverty and underachieving populations where change is most needed.

The ethic of care has been studied exhaustively, although not regarding Black males who often lead and attend majority minority schools. This book serves to clarify the lenses through which we view the caring styles of Black men in order to suggest effective caring practices for Black males.

Framing Black masculine caring through the lens of the ‘Black male experience’ is essential because their life experiences are different. Black males need and express care differently due to societal expectations and negative stereotypes that pervade and even threaten their very existence. Given the known challenges faced by Black males, school teachers, leaders, and community members are charged with being mindful of the these needs so that they can go on to perform to their highest potential.

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