Skip to comments.Duncan calls on black men to become teachers
Posted on 02/05/2011 8:41:31 AM PST by reaganaut1
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and filmmaker Spike Lee teamed up Monday to urge more black men to consider teaching.
More than 1 million teachers will retire during the next decade, according to federal estimates, and leaders have embarked on a nationwide drive to build a more diverse teaching force. Duncan on Monday took the campaign to Atlanta's Morehouse College, the nation's only all-male historically black college.
Teachers should look more like the people they serve, Duncan said. While more than 35 percent of the nations public school students are black or Latino, less than 15 percent of the teachers are black or Latino, according to federal figures. Less than 2 percent of the nations teachers are black men.
In Georgia, about half of the public schoolchildren are black or Latino, but only about 25 percent of the teachers are.
"Something is wrong with that picture," Duncan said. "We've got to fix it. We've got to fix it together."
Morehouse offers education degrees, but few choose the field. Of the nearly 500 students expected to graduate this year, six will leave with majors or minors in education, college officials said.
"Everybody can't be a business major," Lee, a Morehouse graduate, told the crowd. "We have to educate ourselves. We have to educate young black men."
Tyron Young, an education major at Morehouse, plans to teach in elementary school. He started college as a psychology major but switched after attending a conference led by 100 Black Men.
"The profession isn't pushed for males," Young said. "We need to see teaching as a way to touch lives and help our community. If you saw your family member wasn't succeeding, you'd step up to help. I believe we're all family. I need to do my part and help out."
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Somebody gotta teach kids to hate whitey.
Very unrealistic! Dealing drugs is more lucrative than a teaching career.
So?...How many Morehouse officials, who taught the 500 who will graduate this year, actually have “education” degrees, themselves,..Huh?
Yeah! I do think we need to educate young black men. If that is the goal then the last place to find it is in a collectivist government school. The last place for a motivated black teacher to effectively use their talents is also a collectivist government school.
Now, why would black men wanna be actin’ white like dat?
So Spike, how many years have you been a public school teacher since you graduated Morehouse in the '70s with a degree in Mass Communication?
Black men should research their family trees. They would undoubtedly find real men who were loyal to their families, were possibly not slaves, who stood up for what is right. It might have a huge impact on them.
This is such a stupid line. The only people who look like me are members of my own family. The idea that any person of a given race looks like everyone else of that race is bad enough; that this comes from the Sec of Education is pathetic.
My solution would start with abolishing that dept.
Terrific suggestion! There are hundreds of thousands of people already looking for teaching jobs and coming up short.
There are many skilled, competent, high-caliber black men (and women) where I work. None of them can afford the pay cut to become teachers. I can’t either.
My three white daughters have the greatest respect for the two black men who coached and mentored them- over all of the coaches that they worked with because they demanded excellence, worked them hard, and provided examples of integrity and superior moral values.
The problem is that leadership in the black community does not have the backs of people like this...instead, they continue to make excuses and play the race card incessantly because it increases their own power and influence to the detriment of those they purport to serve.
At this point public school teachers earn much more than the average breadwinner (even more so now that their wages have continued to increase while others have stagnated or fallen). Recommending anyone becoming a public school teacher at a time when (at least here in NJ) they’re under fire for salaries and benefits, with no new hiring in sight (teachers here are in no rush to retire; they earn enormous salaries for 180 days of work) is just foolish. Many young people just p!ssed away 4 years of school, and a lot of money, for an “education” degree that they won’t be using anytime soon (unless they work in a private school, for 50% of what they would have earned on the public dole).
Enough of this tribalism.
I think the inner-city war zones are still hiring.
Really; I had a lot of female teachers, so I guess I was cheated. This is about wealth re-distribution pure & simple, and I have no sympathy for white public school teachers who lose their positions to make way for a token that wants to rob the taxpayer in the same manner they did. Any teacher in a black neighborhood makes a LOT of money (”combat pay”); there certainly is a lot of wealth to re-distribute. Even with reductions in state aid here in NJ, it is the cops & firemen getting the axe; teachers are still laughing all the way to the bank (better union, I guess).
Well the, if teachers should look like those they “serve”, then I guess “white” students shouldn’t have any teachers that are not deemed “white”? “Black students, Black teachers”?
Bull puckey. I do think IMHO (I went through teaching school, volunteered, and a parent), that many of the areas without Male Roles Models and high crime areas, that MALE teachers in the UPPER grades (JR. High on up) would help the yuts wilding.
They have high turnover (with younger teachers), but the “outside funding” spigots are being turned off and they can’t really raise property taxes. I believe that is where some of these young people could find work, but they often won’t even consider it (these places are unsafe, and the young people too sheltered).
2010 - GOOD: Separate And More Than Equal
Just don’t become teachers in New York where we’re about to lay a lot of them off, mostly recent college grads, who have been preparing for this, and those who recently started teaching as a second career, lured in by campaigns asking these successful people to give something back so that they can help the next generation of successful people.
I'll do it. We have to get them out of prison first.
How about we REALLY get our “die-verse”-on and hire a crapload of America-loving, NON-UNION, Conservative, gun-owning, Christian WHITE men?
“..Teachers should look more like the people they serve...”
Wrong!...and the ‘perfect storm’ of Affirmative Action blows onward.
agreed. 30 yr. old in family school teacher made $71K in 2010 for working about 9 months out of 12, with a gazillion paid days off. Union tile setter husband at 56 IF he were to have work for a year, 77K, work for a solid year never happens, nor ANY paid time off. Said teacher will be making far more than said tile setter in 20-25 more years when said teacher is 56.
“underpaid” teachers is the biggest long running fallacy out there.
I see nothing wrong even if their families were slaves. That was well beyond their control.
The big problem for 90% of the black today is that they chosen to continue to be slaves, now to Democrats. It's time for most of them to make an effort to leave the Democrat plantation, and become free, self sufficient, respectable men.
I think the goal should be to get black males to parent first. Then we can talk about selecting a profession.
Banning rap music would go a long way towards that end.
Those who lack proper education should be provided loans to be paid back by service as teachers - one year college repaid by one year teaching.
Get our good guys into the classrooms
That is an obvious, brilliant idea.
Sounds like an excellent platform planck for 2012.
Replace all the slithering crap in the teacher's unions with servicemen and women.
The Asbury Park Press here in NJ set up a link on their website to where all NJ public school teachers’ salaries were posted as public information; it was absolutely disgusting! A local kindergarten teacher, not more than 45 years old, made over $80K (because she had a masters degree - to teach kindergarten 180 days a year); imagine what she’ll make when she’s 56 years old. For this reason NJ public school teachers are VERY slow to retire, and the young prospective parasites now can’t get jobs when they graduate. Many of these online diploma mills (”universities”) are set up precisely to contribute to this scam, and some have been challenged when the degrees (and recipients) were challenged as to their authenticity.
“Underpaid teachers” is one of many lies perpetrated by the idiot box; if they repeat the lie often enough it will become the truth. What the Asbury Park Press did, especially when followed by Governor Christie’s expose on their salaries and benefits, has reduced public schools teachers to a new low status somewhere between arsonists & lawyers (as another FReeper put it). You could now go online and discover that your public school teacher neighbor, who’d been complaining about low pay, was earning a high five figure salary (again, for 180 days per year, 6 and 1/2 hours a day).
Yes, it was a similar thing I saw for teachers in NY. The family member and his wife both teach at the same school. She only started a few years ago around age 26 or so and in 2009 she made $60K, maternity leave cut her 2010 salary to $38K. They did both go to college though. There was some superintendent in NY state listed at $485,000, total insanity there!!!
It’s just galling to see that kind of pay for fairly new teachers, when someone like my husband had to work 21 yrs. to make that much. His medical coverage was based on how many hours he worked per year, don’t work enough hours, oh well! The constant lie that they’re all underpaid is so insulting to the intelligence, as though the truth is an unknown.
Oh, I’m also formerly from NJ, born and raised. West Milford has/had some really high salaried teachers..just nutz!
All this does is teach the kids something old, and something new.
These people have absolutely no shame...
Well, our governor certainly let the cat out of the bag, so the lie should just die a quick death at this point. He talked about the millions in retirement benefits for them as well; when a teacher complained at one of his public forums (after understating her income, which people were able to verify), he simply said, “You don’t have to do this for a living”. She shut up...
The teachers’ unions fought his election already; he’s not exactly making a new enemy.
I think there is merit to the gender aspect, in that fatherless boys could benefit from having male teachers. Especially so in the early grades when they are more impressionable.