Sometimes we have to remind ourselves what’s right with the world.
Today is one of those times.
Hamilton students catch a break
Hamilton County Department of Education is one of three districts to receive a state diversity innovation grant to increase the number of minority teachers in local public schools where 45 percent of our 44,444 students are minorities. (The state’s minority rate 36.6 percent.)
This is not just feel-good stuff, and it has nothing to do with equal opportunity. This is about children and students. Studies show students benefit from having teachers from diverse backgrounds, yet in 2016 The National Center for Education Statistics found that nearly 82 percent of public school teachers are white. Black and Hispanic students are two to three times more common than teachers of the same ethnicity.
Emotionally and socially, teachers of color serve as role models for students who share their racial and ethnic identity and often show more cultural understanding and awareness of students’ abilities and needs. Most importantly, research finds that academically, teachers of color produce more favorable outcomes for