Article fuels white guilt - unhelpful. Many years ago I did a survey with hundreds of kids of different races but mainly black. Overwhelmingly they just wanted a good teacher, whatever their race/gender. Diversity nice but not necessary. Humanity first.
When I write about women in male-dominated professions, I often get asked whether it matters for men to be in female-dominated jobs like teaching. So I looked into it, and the answer is yes: it benefits students a lot, as does racial diversity.
White teacher racial bias >> role model effects “White teachers are less likely...to assign black students to gifted and talented programs even if their test scores match...black teachers consistently had higher expectations for the children’s potential.”
According to a significant body of research, students tend to benefit from having teachers who look like them, especially nonwhite students. via
Research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race/gender. Yet most teachers are white women. Great write-up by . Links to work by , , , , me,
Boys and kids of color would benefit from more diverse teachers. But there's also a simple thing any teacher can do to achieve many of the same benefits: Tell kids you have faith in their capacity to learn, & high expectations for them
Very interesting piece: Does (lack of) Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?
Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning? (YES) "Students tend to benefit from having teachers who look like them, especially nonwhite students."
"The homogeneity of teachers is probably one of the contributors, the research suggests, to the stubborn gender and race gaps in student achievement: Over all, girls outperform boys, and white students outperform those who are black and Hispanic."
Does Teacher Diversity Matter for Students’ Learning?
Does Teacher Diversity Matter for Students’ Learning?
Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning? Anyone has literature on the same topic in SSA and South Asia?