Do children learn better when their teacher looks like they do?
The vast majority of teachers in Washington State’s K-12 schools are White (90%) and female (80%), yet the student body is only 56% White. This has led to what some call a “culture gap”—a huge proportion of students being taught by someone whose lived experience may be far different than theirs. This may contribute not only to lower grades and graduation rates, but higher rates of disciplinary action.
But is a teacher’s race even the issue? Is it more important to be of a similar religion, urban or rural background, or socioeconomic status? As a Black student put it in an article for the National Education Association, “I probably had more in common with a White teacher from a lower-income background than I had with a Black teacher who grew up in a more affluent environment.”
As America moves closer toward being a majority-minority country, join us for a discussion on the culture gap in Washington’s classrooms. Is increasing the number of teachers of color enough, or can cultural competency training close the culture gap regardless of a teacher’s background? Daudi Abe, Seattle Central College professor and journalist, and Kristin Leong, education activist, former teacher, and founder of RollCallProject.com will explore the causes and solutions to our divided classrooms.
- September 20, 2017
- Gilbert Cellars
5 N. Front St. Yakima, WA 98901 United States
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- Zaki Hamid
- (206) 682-1770 x102
About Think & Drink Events
Think & Drink events are hosted conversations at pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas. Scholars, experts, artists, or activists from a variety of disciplines participate in a moderated discussion, with a strong emphasis on audience participation. Events are held periodically throughout the year in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Yakima.