Even today when census figures show that close to half of all children under 5 in 2008 were children of color, 82% of candidates receiving a bachelor’s degree in education are white. This study from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education surveyed close to 700 colleges and universities who train just under two-thirds of new teachers. Check out the NYT article here.
Check out this video too that shows what the Kansas City, Kansas school system is doing to address this shortage:
This is a follow up to my past three posts, “Why Teachers of Color are Important…it may surprise you!” “Why We Need More Black Male Teachers in the Classroom” and “Need for Teachers of Color not isolated to urban areas, suburban areas have need too.“
Check out this TED talk by Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”
Check out this TED talk by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative on how and why we need to talk about race, poverty and inequality in America.