My Value as a Black Male Teacher

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Read this PBS piece written by Virginia middle school teacher Ricky House about the importance of black males educators in his own life, and the impact he hopes to make on his students and his school as one himself. PBS reports the troubling statistic that only 2 percent of U.S. public schools teachers are black males, and House concludes: “While black men alone cannot change the landscape of our nation’s public schools, they most certainly are needed in America’s classrooms. This country must come to truly appreciate their value in the classroom and do more to recruit and retain high quality black male educators.”