Diversity in the teaching profession is lacking, Recent data may prove that the lack of diversity may be doing more harm to young students than we initially thought. Data collected “during the academic years of 2009-10 as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching project,” has revealed that students have more favorable opinions of black and latino teachers then their white counterparts. "The study included data on 1,680 teachers in 200 schools and about 50,000 students in sixth- through ninth-grade classrooms from six large metropolitan areas across the country.“
Although more research is being completed, the data is interesting to say the least. According to Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, assistant professor of international education at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, the data reflecting the positive influence of black and Latino teachers crossed race.
"The relationship between white students and Latino teachers was the same as the relationship between Latino students and Latino teachers,” Cherng said. “White students had more favorable perceptions of Latino teachers on almost all measures.” In addition, “black and Asian-American students had particularly favorable perceptions of black teachers.”
Please bare in mind that studies are ongoing, but initial data is very telling. With the shift in ethnicity in America, the importance of teacher diversity cannot be stressed enough. I believe more reports will continue to show similar information as the racial shift continues.
**Note: Global Diversity News is not saying that black and Latino teachers are better educators than white professors. These statistics are taken from STLAmerica which in turn gathered information from CNN