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ERIC Number: ED317344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Alternative Responses to the Increasing of Minority Teachers in the Rural South.
Mattai, P. Rudy
Demographic trends show an increase in the number of Black and Hispanic students in the United States, whereas the number of minority teachers is decreasing. This paper explores possible causes of this phenomenon, its implications, and some alternative responses aimed at improving the situation. Cultural isolation on college campuses and state testing and licensing standards affect numbers of minority teachers. Decreasing numbers of minority teachers mean that role models are lacking to encourage minority students to pursue careers in education. And as the proportion of minority teachers falls, the perceived importance of academic achievement to minority students also declines. Increasing numbers of minority dropouts will produce long-term economic consequences: higher rates of unemployment, increase welfare dependence and crime, and fewer qualified workers. In the rural South, this situation is made worse by structural problems in these communities, which inhibit minority students from excelling in secondary and higher education. The paper suggests approaches to increasing minority enrollment: agitation among educators and politicians for multicultural education, determination of administrators to become more creative with regard to using majority teachers, and analysis of the effects of desegregation to determine its effect on this crisis. This paper contains 16 references. (DHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A