Ask yourself this question: How many black teachers did you have while you were in grades K-12? Think about when you were in college? Chances are, if you had more than 3 black teachers during your entire academic career, you were truly blessed, regardless of if you went to school in an urban or suburban setting.
An article entitled The Impact of White Teachers on the Academic Achievement of Black Students states, “More than any other time in U.S. history, black students are being educated by people who are not of their racial or cultural background. Research reports that almost 87% of the United States elementary and secondary teachers are white, while only eight percent (8%) of those teachers are black.” (Bruce Douglas, 2008)
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