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ERIC Number: ED083223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov-29
Pages: 17
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Recruiting Black Teachers for White Suburbs
Hannan, Dennis J.
On the assumption that blacks teaching the white middle-class majority students could help prevent further social polarization of majority and minority groups and could best interpret minority experience and potential to our youth, an informal survey by letter and interview was initiated to assess suburban recruitment of black teachers. Reasons for the lack of recruitment of black teachers appear to include the following: a) inept teacher recruitment in general, rather than prejudice (education should take a lesson from industry in developing recruitment packages); b) antidiscrimination employment laws that prohibit identification of race and subsequently prevent the identification of minority applicants for constructive employment; c) the regarding of blacks as "hard risks" in the "soft risk" profession of teaching; d) the thinking by blacks themselves that blacks should teach blacks and whites, whites. There must be a concentrated effort to increase the number of black candidates available for suburban schools by improving teacher recruitment procedures, replacing the antiquated antidiscrimination employment laws, and encouraging foundations to support pilot projects. (JA)
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Note: Paper presented before the National Council of Teachers of English, Washington, D.C., November 29, 1969