A Parent’s Perspective on the Benefits of Teachers of Color

From New York School Talk

By Alina Adams

The hunt for a magic bullet to fix American education continues.

At one point the big buzzword was Finland (while ignoring all the differences in Finland’s teacher training that, as of now, would never fly in the US).

Then it was PreK For All (while ignoring that, as currently implemented in NYC, it’s actually hurting exactly those students it was supposed to help).

Then it was Computer Science For All (while ignoring that the implementation timeline would ensure the curriculum’s obsolescence as soon as it was finally approved).

Now the solution de jour is to hire more teachers of color. Black teachers “get” black students. And no less an authority than NPR has declared that students of all races prefer teachers of color.

Margot McMahon