A Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, says Black and Latino kids necessarily do not need white teachers before they can excel in academics.
An African-American Professor of the Columbia University, Christopher Emdin, has expressed his worries about segregated American schools and teachers in a book titled “FOR WHITE FOLKS WHO TEACH IN THE HOOD…..AND THE REST OF Y’ALL TOO.”
“I always say the first step is an acknowledgment or recognition of the fact that you are in the classroom as an expert in content—math, science, reading—but you lack the expertise in so many domains,” Emdin said. He said white teachers have little or no understanding of minority cultures, little knowledge about the root of poverty or educational racism, but their concern is directed to where the “bad nut” students are coming from.
According to statistics, more than 80 percent of teachers in America are Whites and other races are relieved of their duties not because they are incompetent, but because racism and segregation is at work mostly in the public schools. Apparently, Black and Latino kids in public school are more than twice as likely to attend underfunded schools.
Research shows how White teachers underrate and degrade Black and Latino students considering them as low minded people at first sight.
This attitude keeps on widening educational gap between Whites and kids of color because American schools fail to employ Black teachers. But Emdin says irrespective of what White America does, they should know Black kids aren’t worse in terms of studies and that it’s about time they realize that.
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