Schools encounter shortage of black male teachers

07/5/2009 | Washington Post, The

Just 2% of U.S. teachers are black men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a situation that some fear could make school less engaging and relevant for African-American students, particularly boys. "It is critical for all students to see black men in the classrooms involved in trying to make sure they learn and enjoy being in school," said Will Thomas, Maryland's 2009 Teacher of the Year.

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