Yesterday we challenged ourselves to look deeper into the ways in which school disciplinary policies disproportionately affect children of color and Black girls. Today, let's take a look at the early impact teachers have on students' educational outcomes and their likelihood to attend college. Unconscious biases in White teachers, who favor a "colorblind" approach, may cause unintentional harm to their students, while the early acknowledgment of differences can prepare students for a diverse world. Positive outcomes sparked by same-race role models can potentially shrink the education achievement gap and usher more Black and Brown students into colleges and universities.
OPTION 1: Watch this quick video illustrating how some California preschools are getting children to participate in conversations about racial differences at an early age.
OPTION 2: The majority of K-6 classrooms are led by a primarily White, female teacher population, whose inherent biases often come into play in their approaches to children and teaching. Read this interview with Dr. Robin DiAngelo, YWCA's 2020 It's Time for Equity speaker, on white fragility in teaching and education.
OPTION 3: Black students who had just one Black teacher by third grade were 13% more likely to enroll in college. Check out this quick article on how the role-model effect can potentially shrink the educational achievement gap.
The Racial Justice and Social Equity series is hosted by Worthington Libraries and the City of Worthington Community Relations Commission. The work of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, which developed the series' daily challenges, is gratefully acknowledged.