ERIC Number: ED295931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Quality and Diversity in Schools: The Case for an Expanded Pool of Minority Teachers.
Garibaldi, Antoine M.
As the number of teacher education majors has decreased nationally over the last ten years, the declining number of non-white teacher education students has been even more acute. Today barely 10 percent of the teaching force is non-white and that representation continues to decline annually. This policy paper reviews the current status of minority teachers and teacher education candidates and addresses some of the chief reasons why non-white students are not majoring in education. The major explanation proposed here, and supported with copious data, is that non-white students have not enrolled in and graduated from college at rates proportionate to the size of their 18- to 24-year old cohorts since 1976. Also discussed is the discrepancy between the number of non-white education majors who graduate but do not certify to teach. In addition to data on the changing demographics of students in the nation's schools, specific recommendations are presented to increase the quality and diversity of America's teaching force. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper commissioned for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's Wingspread Policy Forum (Racine, WI, August 5-7, 1987).