Essay about No More Men: The Need for African American Male Teachers

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Data proves that America does not have enough African American males teaching in today’s schools. As a matter of fact, only 2% of America’s nearly five million teachers are black men (Bryan 1). In our American society, more and more African American females are fiercely taking over both public and private classrooms. Although this might be a great accomplishment, school officials believes that if more black males teach, it would reduce the numbers of minority achievement gaps and dropout rates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 44% of students nationwide are minorities, but nearly 90% of teachers are white. Polls and surveys further read that if there were more African American male teachers, the dropout rate …show more content…
Generally, most teachers live adequately close to the school that they are employed. More European teachers are found in suburban high schools while African Americans are left to educate in more municipal communities. On a national scale, in 2011 72 percent of female students graduated, compared with 65 percent of male students (Greene 1). Equally important, about 43 percent of women ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college, compared with 35 percent of young men (Greene 1). Furthermore, more females successfully graduate from college than males, who are likely to dropout after the first year. With this being said, it is believed that more females hold the standards, knowledge, and degree’s to pursue a successful teaching career. For this particular reason, most males move away from an educational career to pursue a more masculine vocation. The problem isn’t just simply having more black males inside of secondary schools; but having them actually teach and interact with the students more. In most urban schools, there are only about 9 to 10 black male educators. Any other black males found in an urban educational facility are usually on the administrative, culinary, janitorial, or security team. According to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and filmmaker Spike Lee, teachers should look more like the people they serve (Diamond A4). Most of the time students often view black

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