A Black Community Question: Where are All the Black Teachers?

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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John C. Turner, M.S. (Professor JT) is a native of and current resident in Indianapolis, Indiana. John works as an Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana. John is currently pursuing his PhD in Unban Education at IUPUI in the City of Indianapolis, IN. John has written a book “The Art Form of P.A.S.S.I.O.N.” and his articles and works have been featured on such websites as “The Good Men Project”, “YourBlackWorld.com”, and “BlackLikeMoi.com, among many others. John has been featured as well on Huff Post Live, The Dr. Vibe Show, and other online and podcast shows as a speaking contributor on issues such as Trending Worldwide topics, Diversity Situations, Educational Discussions, and Men and Women Issues. You can follow him @THEPROFESSOR_JT on Twitter

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John C. Turner, M.S. (Professor JT) is a native of and current resident in Indianapolis, Indiana. John works as an Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Adjunct Professor at Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana. John is currently pursuing his PhD in Unban Education at IUPUI in the City of Indianapolis, IN. John has written a book “The Art Form of P.A.S.S.I.O.N.” and his articles and works have been featured on such websites as “The Good Men Project”, “YourBlackWorld.com”, and “BlackLikeMoi.com, among many others. John has been featured as well on Huff Post Live, The Dr. Vibe Show, and other online and podcast shows as a speaking contributor on issues such as Trending Worldwide topics, Diversity Situations, Educational Discussions, and Men and Women Issues. You can follow him @THEPROFESSOR_JT on Twitter

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