ERIC Number: ED189038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Problems and Strategies Relating to Employment and Retention of Black Teachers, Including Some Attention to Special Skills Needed by Black Teachers in Order for Them to Work Effectively as Advocates for Black Children.
Pinkney, H. B.
Teachers who are concerned and committed are especially needed in urban education. Problems and strategies related to the employment and retention of Black teachers are the quality of teacher education majors and the programs, the widespread myth of Black inferiority, the lack of effective communication skills and a positive self-image, and the need to reform the classroom. Black teachers also need special skills once they are in the classroom. Teachers must know how to eradicate the myths concerning Black students, including: 1) alleged apathy of Black students and their parents, 2) the perception of Black students as uneducable and innately inferior, and 3) the tendency to think that those students who speak "Black English" are inferior. Black teachers should also have skills in behavioral sciences, individualized instruction, understanding cultural backgrounds, and student motivation. (CJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Preparation and Survival of Black Public School Teachers (Norfolk, VA, June 26-27, 1980).