Black Students Who Have Black Teachers Are More Likely To Go To College
Black educators serve as role models for black students - because representation matters
A recent study finds that black students who have just one black teacher show an increased desire to go to college and a greater likelihood of enrolling in college altogether. Because representation matters. Big time.
The achievement gap between white students and students of color has barely narrowed during the last 50 years, despite any attempts at progress or academic acknowledgment of discrepancies between the two. That is, at best, a grim result of a half-century of work.
The study in question, conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research , shows that students who have a black teacher while in school are also less likely to drop out and more likely to take the steps to make a college education a reality.
Specifically, the results show that a black student in elementary school is 13 percent more likely to enroll in college than their peers who did not have any black teachers. Students who had two black...
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