In this article, Linn Posey-Maddox, Maxine McKinney de Royston, Alea R. Holman, Raquel M. Rall, and Rachel A. Johnson examine Black parents’ educational decision-making in the racial and educational contexts of predominantly white suburban districts, majority-Black urban schools with an Afrocentric focus, and racially diverse urban public and private schools. Undertaking a qualitative meta-analysis, they ask, How and why is anti-Black racism salient in Black parents’ educational decision-making around schooling? Their findings reveal that race and anti-Black racism are central to Black parents’ school choice decisions. Specifically, they shape the trade-offs parents made in choosing a school for their child(ren), their ongoing risk assessments regarding the potential for racialized harm in their child(ren)’s schooling, and their continuous decision-making about whether to keep their child enrolled or move them to a different school. Regardless of geography, school type, grade level, and/or social class, race and anti-Black racism shape Black parents’ educational decision-making as they work to ensure that their child(ren) receive a high-quality education within highly racialized schooling contexts.
No Choice Is the “Right” Choice: Black Parents’ Educational Decision-Making in Their Search for a “Good” School
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LINN POSEY-MADDOX, MAXINE MCKINNEY de ROYSTON, ALEA R. HOLMAN, RAQUEL M. RALL, RACHEL A. JOHNSON; No Choice Is the “Right” Choice: Black Parents’ Educational Decision-Making in Their Search for a “Good” School. Harvard Educational Review 1 March 2021; 91 (1): 38–61. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/1943-5045-91.1.38
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