Jennifer Rokosa explains why the nation’s demographic shifts are already pointing to the need for more teachers of color to work with the growing numbers of nonwhite students.
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Another article here on the necessity of diverse teachers in diverse schools because it is something that is very influential on the diversity of classrooms and the way students are schooled. Interesting tidbit from this article is... "schools are diversifying at such a rapid rate that within 10 to 12 years no clear racial or ethnic majority will exist in our public K-12 system." That is an amazing prediction because it shows how the U.S. is shifting and diversifying and being reflected in schools, but the system needs to catch up to it as well.
This gap is coming about because for various reasons that I'm hoping will change or that we can change as a society. The difference in academic achievement is one of the main things that is affecting the number of diverse students getting a diploma and then going off to college and getting degrees in things like education. Only 58 percent of Latinos and 57 percent of African Americans earn a high school diploma within four years, compared to the 78 percent of whites that do.
Another serious thing that I know has made me constantly rethink my career path is the money. This article brings up that often times there isn't the financial incentive for minorities that may not affect whites as much. The article has the statistic, "only 37 percent of African American and 46 percent of Hispanic teachers are happy with their salary, compared to 53 percent of white teachers." These are serious dilemmas because if they can't see the benefit in the long run then there are various other careers that will be more financially beneficial. I know that the money isn't something that only turns away minorities, but it is a bigger thing for them more often.
In oder to fix this, we can't quite increase the pay so quickly, hopefully that happens over time and soon so that it will be easier to pay off the college debt that follows most students. But, one thing that can be done now is the high quality recruitment programs can be expanded to go off and find more students of color that want to go down a career path in education.
As the classrooms get more diverse it is beyond important that the teachers educating them reflect the changing society, and that takes more reaching out and informing people of the options they have.