Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seeing Teachers Encourage More Men and Minorities to Teach

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seeing Teachers Encourage More Men and Minorities to Teach

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Who's in front of the class? There are more black, Hispanic and Asian teachers than there were in 1987, a new study shows - but at the front of our nation's classrooms, men are a shrinking minority.

The report, published by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, compared survey data from 1987-88 and 2011-12. Over this period, the teaching force went from 12.4 percent minority to 17.3 percent minority. That's still less than the student body, which was 44 percent minority in 2011-12, but it's progress.

Just by being there, minority teachers show minority boys and girls, especially those from low socioeconomic-status backgrounds, that they too can achieve respected positions in American society - something no young citizen should doubt, but too many do. …

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