Mansur’s Manifesto: How an Aspiring Black Male Teacher Plans to Turn Teaching Into Activism


From The Education Trust

By Mansur Buffins

Anytime I tell people that I am majoring in social studies education, they ask one of two questions: “Where do you want to teach?” or “Why do you want to teach?” Those especially curious ask both. My answer is consistent: I would like to teach in a secondary school serving predominantly low-income, African American students. And I am entering the profession as an intentional form of activism. My goal is to actively break down inequities that negatively impact my students, in schools and in life.

A more critical question, however, is “How will I teach?” or “How do I plan to turn my teaching into activism?” On this, I am also clear.

I will have high expectations for students who are often dismissed as being unable to achieve high standards. And I will be the high-quality teacher for students who oftentimes lack access to them.

Jennifer Krout