African American Males in Early Childhood Education
This paper examines the lack of African American males in the teaching profession.
# 27238 | 2,681 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on May 28, 2003 in African-American Studies (1950-Present) , Education (Education Psychology) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Early Childhood)
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The lack of representation by African American males in the school system is alarming because young African American students, especially male students, do not have a role model with whom they can identify. The paper considers the factors that have been cited for the shortage of African American male teachers in the school system. The writer then studies questionnaires that were given to elicit the responses of African American male teachers in childhood education.
From the Paper:"Several factors have been cited for the shortage of African American male teachers in the school system. First, qualified African American men who have graduated from college turn away from the teaching profession because of the low salary. First-year public school teachers receive a salary of only $23,000 to $25,000 a year. Second, African American men believe that they face racial discrimination in schools. Third, African American males consider teaching to be a female-oriented profession because most schoolteachers are female. Fourth, African American males come from poor families that cannot afford the costs of attending college. Fifth, more African American males are spending their lives in prison than in college where they acquire necessary qualifications (Raines & Evans, p. 2)."
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