Studies have repeatedly shown that Black students learn best when they are taught by Black teachers (“Want to Support Black Students?” Invest in Black Teachers,” Time, Aug. 11). That’s not surprising because teachers and students share a similar culture.
Black teachers also hold Black students to higher standards than their White counterparts. That’s important if we want to avoid shortchanging them in the name of equity. Yet Black teachers are harder to recruit and retain than in the past because there are far more opportunities for them in the private sector.
When I was working on my California teaching credential at UCLA in 1963, I became close friends with a recently retired major in the Air Force. As a Black officer, he had several lucrative offers in the corporate world but decided on teaching. Too bad there are not more like him.
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