Demand of Quality Teachers
Quality teachers are in demand. Why? Because educational decision makers understand that there is a direct relationship between having a quality education and having been taught by qualified teachers. A quality education changes lives; simply put, those who have a quality education live better lives.
Lately several reports, including the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)–sponsored Independent Task Force report on U.S. Education Reform and National Security, have confirmed that many of our nation’s students are not receiving the education they need. It suggests that as a whole, our country’s educational system is not keeping pace with those of other developed countries. Deeply troubling are those reports such as “Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report” that shows a crisis due to the failure of many of our nation’s schools when it comes to the education of black and brown students, particularly black and brown male students.
What I would like for the readers of TEACHERS OF COLOR to understand is that while you begin your journey to becoming a highly qualified teacher, you pay especial attention to working in an environment that centers on academic achievement and making a difference in delivering quality education to black and brown students. This career objective will require that you spend more time on doing the “due diligence,” but it will pay huge dividends for your career and for your students in the long run. In your research, look for schools and districts that are doing the good work of educating k-12 students, in particular students of color. Being a part of a solution will take effort, but it is what your students, your community, and your career need. It is part of becoming a successful world-class teacher.
In this issue, we continue to make the case that we need more quality teachers of color; that great teaching careers are available; that you must prepare yourself to be high-quality teacher; and that we guide you on how to get that important teaching job. We want to be clear that in this time of cuts by many schools and of high unemployment, even among teachers, high quality teachers of color are needed and are being recruited.
Preston “Pres” Edwards Jr.
-Fall 2012 Issue