Arne Duncan is calling out to black men, "Teach! Please!"
Duncan calls on black men to become teachers
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and filmmaker Spike Lee teamed up Monday to urge more black men to consider teaching.There are several programs available that provide incentives to choose teaching as a profession. Many of these programs will erase college debt if you teach for a certain number of years. Teacher recruiters are looking for qualified people to teach and lead our students in the future. I hope that bright college graduates from all walks of life will consider a career in teaching, but male African-American role model are critical to the future of our students in DeKalb.
More than 1 million teachers will retire during the next decade, according to federal estimates, and leaders have embarked on a nationwide drive to build a more diverse teaching force. Duncan on Monday took the campaign to Atlanta's Morehouse College, the nation's only all-male historically black college.
Teachers should look more like the people they serve, Duncan said. While more than 35 percent of the nation’s public school students are black or Latino, less than 15 percent of the teachers are black or Latino, according to federal figures. Less than 2 percent of the nation’s teachers are black men.
In Georgia, about half of the public schoolchildren are black or Latino, but only about 25 percent of the teachers are.
"Something is wrong with that picture," Duncan said. "We've got to fix it. We've got to fix it together."
Morehouse offers education degrees, but few choose the field. Of the nearly 500 students expected to graduate this year, six will leave with majors or minors in education, college officials said.