CURMUDGUCATION repost: The Non-White Teacher Problem

The slightly-cranky voice navigating the world of educational “reform” while trying to still pursue the mission of providing quality education.



The Non-White Teacher Problem

Posted: 23 Jan 2016 08:18 AM PST

And here comes yet an other piece of research to add to the stack.

New research from Jason A. Grissom and Christopher Redding

looked for new information to explain the underrepresentation of students of color in gifted programs. It’s complicated problem, but the researchers came up with one answer– white teachers are far less likely than teachers of color to identify students of color as gifted. (Consider this the second cousin of the finding that police view young Black men as older and less innocent than whites).

Research from last spring suggests that students do better in classes taught by same-race teachers.

Common sense that says students need to see an adult in school who is like them.

And yet, the trend in education has worked the other way

since the days of Brown vs. Board of Education. At a moment when the student population in the US is less than 50% white

, the teacher pool is overwhelmingly white and female.

In some cases, Black educators have been… (follow the link to read the rest of this post)

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