Critical and necessary, this book provides a window into the education and lives of Black boys in early childhood settings. Drawing on Black Critical Theory and Black Male Studies, and applying portraiture methodology, Bryan explores experiences of Black boys and their male teachers in ways that affirm their humanity and acknowledge the consequences of existing in a white supremacist system. Bryan’s nuanced and comprehensive portraits honor the voices of Black boys and their male teachers, and counter the one-dimensional and essentialist perspectives that proliferate in our schools, which Bryan identifies as anti-Black misandry.
Introducing BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy, Bryan addresses the impact of socially constructed stereotypes and perceptions in the classroom and highlights the importance of educators who challenge such practices. In so doing, he provides a much-needed in-depth examination of pedagogies, literacies, and practices Black male teachers employ, as well as a perceptive view of the academic and social landscapes Black boys must navigate.
Table of Contents
Series Editors' Foreword: Valerie Kinloch and Susi Long
Chapter 1: Are Black Boys Well? Anti-Black Misandry in The Academic and Social Landscape of Black Boys in Early Childhood Education
Chapter 2: Just What Are Black Critical Theory and Black Male Studies Doing in this ‘Nice’ Field of Early Childhood Education? Toward a BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy
Chapter 3: Anti-Black Misandry and The Recruitment and Retention Narrative: Seeing Black Male Teachers as Pedagogues in the Lives of Black Boys
Chapter 4: Black Males as BlackBoyCrit Pedagogues in Early Childhood Classrooms: Black Boys’ Portraits of Mr. Javien, Mr. Tal, and Mr. Henry
Chapter 5: Moving Beyond Literacy Normativity: Toward Black Masculine Literacies in Early Childhood Education
Chapter 6: Cultivating Black Masculine Literacies as a Praxis of BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: Black Boys’ Portraits of Mr. Tal, Mr. Henry, and Mr. Javien
Chapter 7: Understanding Black Boyhood Play Experiences in Early Childhood Education
Chapter 8: Facilitating BlackBoy (Play)Crit Literacies in Early Childhood Classrooms: Roland's Portrait of Mr. Henry
Chapter 9: BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: A New Way Forward for Black Boys
Afterword. Chance W. Lewis
Nathaniel Bryan is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Miami University, USA.