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Teaching Race Explicitly in the Classroom Many literacy experts point out the fact that in the school level, black pupils who attend all-black schools are far more successful than people attending mostly white schools. Even though these schools often lack funds and fiscal stability, they nonetheless produce more high achieving black students than predominantly white schools. As an example, according to Fleming, black students attending Historically Black Universities and Colleges (HBUC) have higher graduation rates than those attending predominately white institutions. Also, students who graduate from a HBUC and go on to attend predominantly white graduate colleges do just as well as students who've graduated from mostly white schools (Fleming 1). What can it be that black schools and black teachers have that creates academically successful black students? What approaches to learning can white teachers embrace from black teachers to be able to maximize the learning of these pupils? Bell Hooks, author of Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, grew up in the South. As a child, she attended a segregated school, but then made the transition into a desegregated school afterwards in her childhood. Hooks believes that the education she received at the all-black school was much better than the education at the desegregated school. Hooks explains: Nearly all of our teachers at Booker T. Washington were black ladies. They were dedicated to nurturing our intellect so we could become scholars, thinkers, and ethnic workersвЂ"black people who used our "minds"Within these segregated colleges, black kids who were deemed unique, talented were awarded special careWhen we entered rac...