Generating Genius: Black Boys in Search of Love, Ritual and Schooling

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This empowering book looks beyond the notion that institutional racism is responsible for low attainment at school. Instead it explores the complexities surrounding masculinity and the need to transform them into a positive force. The book shows the ways in which this can be done―by providing boys with a framework of love, ritual and schooling.

Generating Genius is the culmination of Tony Sewell’s ambitious project―which he and participating boys describe here― in which groups of British and Jamaican boys attended summer schools at universities. The project was underpinned by research from schools in Jamaica and―uniquely―Samoa, and its methods and results can be applied anywhere. Dr. Sewell relates how the concerted and consistent interventions made in the sample schools have turned around the lives of their pupils.

One strategy is intellectual rigor―the 12 year-olds in the project worked at a level demanded of 18 year-olds. Another is that such rigorous demands are accompanied by caring and reliable support and exciting physical and cultural pursuits.

Ultimately, the project is about teaching Black boys how to succeed in a system that seems to work against them. Sewell doesn’t quite let teachers off the hook, nor does he deny the reality of racism and its impact on boys’ lives. What makes this book indispensable for all who work or are preparing to work in education is the key strategies he outlines for schools and teachers to cultivate the genius within their students and help Black boys to grow a skin not of resistance but of resilience.

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Tony Sewell is an educational consultant and a columnist on the Voice. His first book, Black Masculinities and Schooling (Trentham, 1997), was widely acclaimed.

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This book is a timely discussion on the increasingly topical subject of underachievement of learners. But it goes beyond the usual dialogue on school performance and motivation of learners ...conveys a mine of information, carefully processed and analysed in an elegant scholarly manner ... makes excellent and most fascinating reading - International Journal of Lifelong Education

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