Where Have All the Black Teachers Gone?

BY: - 31 Jan '13 | On the Web

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Brandon Johnson is an organizer for the Chicago Teacher’s Union and the leader of its Black Caucus. Recently he pointed out the fact that despite the growing diversity found in our nation’s population of school aged children, the pool of teachers fails to reflect the diversity. Instead, the opposite has occurred. The “teaching force” continues to experience an increase in white teachers and the shortage of black teachers becomes increasingly evident. He goes on to point out that there is particularly a shortage of black men teachers.

“In 2000, 52 percent of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students and 41 percent of CPS teachers were black. Today, 43 percent of students and just 25 percent of teachers are black.”

Despite a voiced desire for our schools to reflect the diversity that fills their hallways the challenge in such occurring remains.

“Black teachers are more likely to work in high-poverty schools with high percentages of black students. In other words, the data indicates that black teachers are employed at higher rates in schools serving students with severe challenges, augmented by their living conditions. These same schools tend to be less desirable workplaces and are disrupted by a revolving door of administrators, plagued by relentless testing and are void of teacher autonomy over curriculum and are more likely to be closed or “turned-round.”

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  1. DeanofParents

    they let us go to hire twelve-year old looking young white teachers who think they have red capes and can actually “fix” our children when they are too scared to look a kid in the face and tell them to sit down and be quiet–and other necessary manners–and if they run and tell their mamas that black teacher would tell the mama to sit down and shut up, too because nine times out of ten, she taught the mama too.

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VIDEO: Senator Suggests Providing Welfare Based on Kids’ Grades

BY: - 1 Feb '13 | On the Web

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This past Thursday, Tennessee senator, Stacey Campfield, initiated a bill that would base welfare funding on the grades of the receiver’s child(ren). The bill would reduce the amount of aid given to those whose children receive less than satisfactory grades in school.

In an effort to make parents understand the importance of education, Senator Campfield believes that the only motivational tool left is payments made to families. He believes the bill, which would reduce a family’s welfare payments by 30%, has the potential to be used on a national level to break the chains of “generations of poverty.”

“Like I said, I don’t want these kids to be rocket scientists,” Campfield said. “I don’t want them to split the atom. Listen, passing a grade is not too high a standard. To say, ‘Listen, if your kid shows up at school at 11 o’clock in your pajamas, that kid is not ready for school.’ Families have to take a responsibility for having the kids prepared to go to school.”

Campfield’s proposal, much like his past efforts to require citizens of Tennessee to pass drug tests before receiving government benefits, is not without opposition. MSNBC anchor, Martin Bashir, brought up the effect on students who do badly in school because of bad conditions at home and teachers’ willingness to hurt a child’s grade knowing it may affect their family’s financial needs. During a recent interview, Bashir also questioned Campfield on placing that much pressure on a child to do well.

“Is it going to be perfect, is every child going to be saved? No,” Campfield said, before adding, “The give-a-man-a-fish system is not working.”

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