Dr. Pedro Noguera is a Professor, Dean, writer, social justice activist, and esteemed friend of COSEBOC. In this video he speaks with us about the role of standards for schools educating boys of color. He says that when we have no standards of what constitutes excellence, we reinforce dysfunction. He emphasizes the need to have clear standards to promote academic excellence and positive social development among young men of color is essential. This is why, in 2008, Dr. Noguera partnered with COSEBOC to co-develop the COSEBOC Standards for Schools Educating Boys of Color. These Standards have since become foundational in our Professional Development courses.
Dr. Noguera joined COSEBOC in October, 2022 as a guest speaker in our Conversation with Thought Leaders series. Enjoy this complimentary recording.
A Glimpse of the Conversation
Dr. Noguera: When you have no standards of what constitutes excellence, you’ll just put up with anything… The need to have clear standards to promote academic excellence and positive social development among young men of color is essential. Otherwise we are reinforcing the same old disfunction that’s out there!
Dr. Farmbry: When you mention standards of excellence for boys of color, on a couple of occasions when I’ve facilitated the COSEBOC standards for school districts, a couple pf people came up to me and said, “Well these are just good standards. Where is the direct focus for boys of color? These are just go0d standards for everyone.” So how would you respond to that kind of curiosity?
Dr. Noguera: (LAUGHS) It’s so funny because that’s what they say to Gloria Ladson-Billings. Every time she talks about culturally relevant teaching, people in the audience say, well that’s just good teaching. She says, “Exactly! What our kids need is good teaching. What they need is academic excellence.” The question we should ask is, why isn’t that consistently available to boys of color? What they need is academic excellence. Why isn’t that consistently available?