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Why Black Kids Benefit From Black Teachers

By Free Radical

A new study shows that Black students who have Black teachers in elementary school are less likely to drop out of high school.

A new study shows that Black students who have Black teachers in elementary school are less likely to drop out of high school.

In a New York Times op-ed, David Jackson, a high school teacher in the New York City area, gave his own take on a recently published study which showed that Black male students were more likely to graduate from high school if they had at least one Black male teacher. The research for the study was organized by the Institute of Labor Economics.

Jackson dispels any myth that simply a shared racial identity gives him magical powers to connect with students.

Instead, he offers that a shared racial background gives him the ability to see Black children “in a way that’s untarnished by the stereotypes, biases and cultural disconnects that fuel inequality and injustice — like the outlook that made Trayvon Martin, carrying Skittles, appear dangerously suspicious to the man who took his life. Like the assumptions that studies show make people see black boys as less innocent than their white peers.”

He continues,  “The amount of melanin in my skin is neither necessary nor sufficient for this: It’s not a magic formula. But I can remember a time when I looked and sounded like my students. That helps me see myself in them, and all they’re capable of. I hope they can see themselves in me.”

For more on David Jackson’s op-ed, click here.