Episode 1: The Impact of Black Male Educators
If you enjoyed this video, check out the full conversation below.
We all know that the education field is overwhelmingly occupied by a majority of white women. More specifically, 77% of all teachers are women and of that remaining 23% who are men, only 2% of them are Black men (https://www.apmreports.org/story/2017/08/28/why-so-few-black-male-teachers). Why is this? This has been a question that has been a question long pondered long before today. These dismal statistics have been the subject of countless research, articles and roundtable discussions similar to the one I hosted in Chicago earlier this summer.
Throughout my school years (elementary, middle and high school), I have only had one Black male teacher, and I remember him for obvious reasons. Mr. Smith was my 4th grade math teacher. He was an older man who was a pastor at a local church and had been teaching for years. He was a great teacher, but often seemed more like a disciplinarian. I probably added a few more gray hairs to his already established salt and pepper style. Outside of him, there were a few other Black males that I encountered either in administration, the occasional gym coach, band instructor or the more prevalent one, Dean of Students. But surprisingly in 13-years of primary and secondary education, I have only experienced one Black male teacher. I even corroborated this with my mom, and she was even surprised.
In this first episode of Season 3, I wanted to converse with other Black male teachers in Chicago and learn more about their experiences as teachers. I also wanted to know was I alone in only having one Black male teacher growing up. This conversation turned into an hour long conversation that I think answered a lot of my questions but also left me wanting to know more.
We convened on a Saturday morning in Hyde Park, a beautifully diverse neighborhood in Chicago. We exchanged a few greetings while production was setting up, and dived right in.
I hope you enjoyed our conversation.
Principal, Urban Prep-Englewood
Social Studies Teacher, Learn Academy
Language Arts Teacher, Butler College Prep
Academic Counselor, Urban Prep-West
Organizations supporting Black Male Educators:
The Fellowship - https://www.fellowshipbmec.org
Profound Gentlemen - https://www.profoundgentlemen.org