By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Can we be honest for a moment and say that there are not enough African-America male teachers? Statistics will point to the fact that women make up a large majority of teachers throughout the United States. For that, we appreciate as well as applaud the work that women do in helping to educate and empower our youth to become the leaders of tomorrow.
No matter how you look at it, when African-American male teachers are not in the classroom, children suffer in many ways, especially our African-American youth. The question that’s been floating around the academic circle for years is how do you attract or should I say encourage more African-American males to pursue a career in education?
Will the major colleges and/or universities take the lead in encouraging more African-American males to teach? So far, it doesn’t seem as though that has been happening. Well, if the major colleges and/or universities don’t anything will HBCU’s step up?
Five HBCU’s have decided to partner together to stimulate the interest of African-American males to become teachers. The five HBCU’s are Tuskegee University, Southern University, Chaflin University, Alcorn State University, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
According to an article in Bossip, “The money is courtesy of a three-year grant awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The program aims to eliminate social and economic barriers that limit college education and also contributes to the lack of black men in classrooms.”
The name of the program is Project Pipeline Repair: Restoring Minority Male Participation and Persistence in Educator Preparation Programs (Project PR).
Let’s hope this program will succeed. We definitely need more positive Black male role models in the classroom. The future of our children cannot be left in the hands of people who are more concerned with filling prison vacancies that seeing children excel.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him on www.sinclairgrey.org or Twitter @drsinclairgrey