Often, particularly in urban schools and
districts, someone asks: "Where are the black male teachers?"
Statements affirming the need for
more black male teachers are commonplace. As an experienced black educator and
former assistant principal, I have heard assertions that more must be done to
increase the number of black educators in our schools. I have also seen the
tremendous impact an effective black male educator can have in the
Notice I use the word effective;
this is because an ineffective black male educator can have a more detrimental
impact on a school than perhaps a teacher from any other demographic.
If I am being candid, I can
attest personally to the fact that in many schools, the only abundance of black
men comes in the form of custodians, food-service employees, and transportation
workers. In addition, in conversations with my colleagues, it is widely
understood that if black men are educators, they more often than not are
physical education teachers or coach in some capacity.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan is heading up several initiatives to help recruit black men into our
classrooms, most notably TEACH.org, a public-private
initiative with a mission to "help great candidates find places in today's
rapidly evolving classrooms." However, could all efforts to increase the number
of black men in the classroom be in vain? I think so. Let me explain why, and
what we can do to help.
This meeting is made
possible with generous support from The Field Foundation of Illinois and the
Woods Fund of Chicago.
See the Awarding Winning
Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:00
Free and Open to
The University of
1414 East 59th
documentary that traces the lives of two African-American students for 13 years.
They both enroll as kindergarteners at The Dalton School, an elite private day
school in New York City. Watch as they grow and meet with the challenges of
young Black men in America.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. Join
us for a discussion after the film with University of Chicago professors &
CSRPC Faculty Affiliates Cathy J. Cohen, Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., and Micere
Fathers, Grandfathers, Foster
Fathers, Blended Fathers, Uncles, Brothers, Friends, Mentors, Neighbors, Male
Caregivers and Others Are Invited to Bring Young People and
The Black Star Project's
for Outstanding Division One
University of Illinois Chicago
March 1, 2014, 1:00 pm
525 South Racine
(500 south and 1200 west)
Free Admission with RSVP to
Game time is at 1 pm. A bus will pick up attendees who need
transportation at 11:45 am from 3509 S. King Drive and will arrive at stadium
before the game begins. Buses will return after the game. Please call 773.285.9600 to RSVP for free tickets or
for more information. Women are
especially invited to bring their