Recent research suggests that young Black children, especially Black boys, benefit when they have Black male teachers.
“Research has found that boys, and particularly Black boys, are more affected than girls by disadvantages, like poverty and racism, and by positive influences, like high-quality schools and role models. Yet they are least likely to have had a teacher that looks like them.”
Seth Gershenson, an economist studying education policy at American University says, “In the elementary school setting, for black children and especially disadvantaged black children, the effect of having even just one black teacher is fairly big and robust and a real thing.”
Having more Black male teachers offer many benefits, and one of those is the unique opportunity to present material in a more culturally relevant way.
But how many of us have had the privilege of having majority of our teachers throughout our schooling share our same race, gender, or another important aspect of our identify? And if so, did it impact our learning?
As our kids grow and evolve into young adults, it is essential that we expose them to culturally relevant and age-appropriate materials that they can relate to.
Even if they aren’t receiving it in school, it is up to us as a society to ensure that opportunities like this are provided in the home, the barbershop, the local library, and etc.
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