Ideology and Identity Among White Male Teachers in an All-Black, All-Male High School

Leoandra Onnie Rogers*, Derrick R. Brooms

*Corresponding author for this work

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National data trends underscore the “problem” of Black male achievement. Beneath the causes and consequences are the ideologies used to frame the problem and its solutions. The ideology of meritocracy is routinely employed to rationalize educational disparities. This article examined how White male teachers, in a charter school designed to promote academic success among Black boys, made sense of boys’ academic achievement patterns. Interview analysis revealed the persistence of meritocracy, as teachers (a) located the problem within Black boys’ identities; (b) constructed race, masculinity, and social class as barriers to students’ academic success and teachers’ effectiveness; and (c) positioned themselves relationally away from their students and the problem itself. We discuss implications for the academic development of Black boys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-470
Number of pages31
JournalAmerican Educational Research Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • Black males
  • identity
  • ideologies
  • intersectionality
  • relational teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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