Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Students Find Few Black Men to Call Mister

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I found this article on the web today and I thought it was pretty interesting.

I think that this is a really good program and that it is a great idea to attempt to increase the number of black teachers. I really do feel that it is important to connect with teachers because they are the ones that inspire the youth; and I imagine it is hard to make a connection with a white woman when you’re a black male.
I also feel that the key to black advancement and progress will stem from education, and if this keeps more black youths from dropping out then awesome.


Written by kmurph2688

October 10, 2009 at 2:24 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think this article is really interesting and it brings up some great points. I think that having, not only more African American, but more minority teachers period, would be great for education in the United States. It does make sense that most African American males going through the school system become disenfranchised with it because they can’t relate to the person they spend a majority of their day with, so having more minority teachers is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty.


    October 10, 2009 at 2:56 am

  2. I had my fair share of minority teachers in grade school and to be brutally honest it’s not really about that. America is in dire need of good teachers; ones that care about their students and encourage them to succeed. A good teacher can break through cultural and social barriers ( personal experience) and facilitate learning that is both productive and entertaining. Anyone can relate to person which makes them feel comfortable and significant. If minority teachers are coincidentally good teachers, than more power to them. However, I don’t believe that simply hiring teachers just on the basis of their skin color is exactly the fittest solution to enrich America’s multicultural education experience.


    October 10, 2009 at 6:32 am

  3. After reading this article, i agree that it would be wonderful to have more african american male teachers, as it would make the race ratio in teaching positions more representative of our diverse population. However, I do agree also with the comment above me. I think, regardless of race or skin tone, a person that is most knowledgeable and qualified for the position as a teacher should be the ones considered for the job.


    October 10, 2009 at 8:43 pm

  4. I think increasing the number of teachers that are part of any minority group will help create a diversified and open minded environment for students of all age groups. The more we are exposed to people of different backgrounds the more we will be able to understand and cope with the differences of other groups.


    October 10, 2009 at 9:27 pm

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