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a new study published by the institute of labor economics finds that black children assigned a black teacher during elementary school performed better on standardized tests especially those children from poor families another recent study finds that black students with a black teacher are more interested in college and a 2016 report by vanderbilt university finds that black teachers are twice as likely to identify gifted black children the study suggests that black teachers are powerful role models particularly for black boys that they are more likely than white teachers to recognize competence in their black students that subjective judgments by teachers play a vital role in determining success at school all the more reason for public schools across the country to do more to recruit and retain teachers of color yet quite the opposite is playing out in urban school districts the Albert Shanker Institute found that mass layoffs and school closures due to poor test scores are actually driving black teachers out of the profession in each of the nine cities studied a higher percentage of black teachers left than white or Latino cities like Chicago Cleveland and Los Angeles saw black teacher populations drop by a third New Orleans lost sixty-two percent in all that means 26,000 african-american teachers have disappeared from the nation’s public schools even as the overall teaching workforce has increased by 134,000 countless black principals coaches cafeteria workers nurses and counselors have also been displaced all in the name of raising achievement among black students Columbia University’s Christopher emdin told mother jones magazine many black educators leave because they’re forced to become exactly what they resented growing up in his book for white folks who teach in the hood he writes the time will always come when teachers must ask themselves whether they will follow the mold or blaze a new trail the achievement gap isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and it could take a generation to close the teacher racial gap until then it’s up to the teachers who right now are affecting the lives of millions of black students to check our privilege and to understand what struggles our children are facing if you found the information in this video helpful go ahead and share it with a friend and don’t forget to click on the subscribe button so you can find me again next week

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  1. The decline of teachers of African descent must stop      
     Robert Beatty— September 4, 2014
    By  Rosita Chatonda
    The economic downturn of recent years brought the decline of the middle class into the forefront of national discourse. However, the “lifting up” of the middle class doesn’t often include black professionals, in this case black teachers.
    Teaching and nursing professions are traditionally the vehicles by which black women move up the socioeconomic ladder. However, in the past 60 years, there has been a structural decline of educators of African descent in public education. According to a USA Today April 2004 article by Greg Toppo, the 1954 Brown vs. Nichols desegregation decision set precedent for the “decimation” of black teachers. Toppo wrote, “In 1954, about 82,000 black teachers were responsible for teaching 2 million black children. In the 11 years immediately following Brown, more than 38,000 black teachers and administrators in 17 Southern and border states lost their jobs.”
    The decline of teachers of African descent is often due to structural rather than competency- or performance-related factors. From K-12 educators and administrators, to college professors, though tenured – through pseudo evaluations, “school turnarounds,” downsizing, layoffs, and other questionable means – black educators have experienced unfair terminations or demotions. According to a September 2012 Reuters’ article, African-American teachers in Chicago went from 45 percent in 1995 down to 19 percent in 2012. In contrast to New Orleans who lost 7,000 teachers after Katrina or Chicago that made national news, unfair displacements of black educators from other parts of the country have not been heard. Most institutional entities such as the unions, courts and EEOC have dismissed their legal complaints.
    Moreover, numerous studies on the need for minority teachers encompass all teachers of color, not the historical context of the black teachers’ experience. Based on a November 2011 research by the Center for American Progress (CAP), Bireda and Chait wrote … “Nationally, minority students make up 40.7 percent of the public school population. Although many schools (both urban and rural) are increasingly made up of a majority of black and Latino students, black and Latino teachers represent only about 14.6 percent of the teaching workforce. And in urban and high-poverty schools where minority teachers are disproportionately employed, teaching staffs are still predominately composed of white teachers.
    …“And while there are effective teachers of many races, teachers of color have demonstrated success in increasing academic achievement for engaging students of similar backgrounds.” Hence, putting more black, Asian, and Latino teachers in the classrooms is important to improving students’ performance and exposure to a larger representation of this global village.
    The lack of internal, grassroots voices addressing the decline of role models for students of color may fuel the decline of African descent professionals in the education field.   Usually neither black civic organizations nor faith leaders advocate for these mostly committed educators. In terms of black immigrants, as in the immigrant milieu, the focus is on immigration reform issues, or their native countries, not on the immigrants’ involvement in Pre K-12 education. Hence, a displaced, demoted, or dismissed black teacher often has no one to turn to.
    The retention of successful African-American teachers alluded to in President Barack Obama’s July 2012 White House Executive Order on Educational Excellence for African Americans has not been on the forefront of the Achievement Gap discourse either. Replacing veteran black teachers by Teach for America graduates is adversely affecting the education and social upbringing of black youth. Retaining highly skilled black teachers who are more likely to be connected and have a relationship with the black community is an important issue that needs to be visited within the context of high quality education. Teach for America graduates do not bring in two years or so, the community relationship that black teachers bring to the education arena or the role models that black students need.
    Hopefully, the decline of educators of African descent presented above would serve as an example that the black middle class is in jeopardy. Given such economic disparity and scarcity of teachers of color in the schools, the structural removal of black professionals from middle class jobs is in need of remedy.
    Rosita Chatonda, cofounder of Coalition & Alliance of Urban Schools’ Educators, is a displaced educator, an educational and union organizer who taught in the Chicago Public Schools for more than 20 years

  2. This is quite interesting. I was the only black teacher in my school, well this is the UK so I guess my region don´t have such a large black population. It is necessary to identify the struggles of our kids.

  3. Thank you Enrique for bringing up this salient issue. However, your presentation doesn't allude to bogus evaluations that lead to termination of highly dedicated and skilled Black teachers. There are surveys, research, anecdotal reports revealing that pseudo evaluations are used to dismiss teachers and administrators who are involved in the communities and go extra miles to support disadvantaged students and their families. Even tenured teachers have lost their jobs under these unjust circumstances.

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