A common narrative in America and in many Black communities is that young men of color should choose college at any cost as a way of escaping poverty and moving on with their lives. And although much research does support this narrative, this chapter aims to problematize and muddy the waters by offering a counternarrative. From two embedded frameworks, self-directed learning and critical race theory, coauthors Richard and Joni dialogue around Richard' s choice "to not choose college." Richard is the insider; …
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