June, 2020

'Tackling racism in society means more black teachers'

by Isaac Acquah - The Times Educational Supplement (TES)
I write this article from many perspectives – as a husband, a new father and a Christian.

But also from one that in my teaching career has been relatively rare: that of a black, male teacher.

Indeed, in my time in education, I can count the number of black, male teachers I have encountered on one hand, and that includes when I was a student myself.

First black male to lead Virginia's largest teachers union wants to give back and inspire

By Justin Mattingly - Richmond Times-Dispatch
In 1992, as a sophomore at Arcadia High School in Accomack County, James Fedderman needed an A on the final exam in order to pass his English class.

He was the center of attention — in a good way, his English teacher, Liz Kuhns, said — and full of life, but struggled in school. He finished ninth grade with a 0.86 GPA and waited until the last minute to get serious about his classes.

Japanese Agency bans male babysitters after string of pedophile cases

The Asahi Shibun - Japan
Male babysitters were taken off the books of a leading babysitter placement service agency after a series of shocking predatory pedophile incidents took place while parents were away from their children.

The decision was met by a torrent of criticism that it fans prejudice against male sitters and nursery teachers.

Now, More than Ever, America Needs More Black Male Social Studies Teachers

by Tina L. Fletcher
For Black students in America, having a same-race social studies teacher is extremely rare. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), social studies teachers make up just 7% of the entire teacher workforce. And of all social studies teachers, roughly 94% are White (54% men and 40% women). Just 3% of America’s social studies teachers are Black men. And only 3% are Black women.

Only 2 percent of Black men make-up teacher workforce

By Patrice Clark - WLBT-TV
It’s staggering statistic, only two percent of black men make-up the teacher workforce in this country.

But with a growing population of minorities in public schools, research shows more diversity is needed when it comes to leadership.

Warren Central Intermediate school teacher Woodrow Price loves his job.

He has been teaching for 13 years and won countless awards for his dedication and service in the classroom.

Educate ME Early program hopes to increase presence of diverse male teachers in early education

by Melissa Crash - Fox 59
There's a new push to increase the number of men of color in the classroom. According to the nonprofit Early Learning Indiana, there's a major lack of ethnic and gender diversity in early childhood education.

Pre-K Teacher Zachary Ferguson loves his job. Everything from story time over Zoom calls, to his time back in the classroom.