“Schools often do not allow black boys to be who they are. They can feel isolated, feel school is not for me.” 

Vincent Cobb, co-founder of The Fellowship of Black Male Educators says that African American teachers are more likely to see acting-out behavior as communicating that “I’m trying to find my place in the space.” If teachers can make connections, “it inspires students to want to be and do more, if for no other reason to make that teacher proud: I like you because you understand me. That’s why zero tolerance will never work, that kind of thinking that will always feed the school-to-prison pipeline..”

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