Gap between teachers and students of color is wide in schools across the country
A majority of white teachers, versus students of different races, is creating a gap in the education system.
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Although data shows that the situation has improved in recent years, the majority of teachers in the U.S. school system continue to be white, while the number of students of color continues to increase.
There are at least 6.6 million teachers in the country, of these, 79% are considered non-Hispanic white, while 9% are Hispanic, 7% are Black, and only 2% are Asian-American.
The disparity becomes more evident when this figure is compared to that of students. According to figures from the National Center for Education Statistics, 47% of public school students are white, compared to 27% Latino, 15% Black, and 5% Asian-American.
These disparities only end up strengthening discourses, such as resistance to critical race theory, especially in the most conservative districts in the country where bans on texts about people of color and LGTBQ+ issues and bills to prohibit the teaching of certain subjects are increasingly common.
Cases such as the murder of George Floyd in the Summer of 2020, demonstrated, among other things, the lack of preparedness of the system to deal with situations of racial hatred, which multiplied on social media. The policies of the education system do not have many real preventive to deal with the issue.
In addition, between 2009 and 2018, the number of Hispanics in public schools went from 22% to 27%, while the number of white students dropped from 54% to 47%. Even worse, for organizations such as The Civil Rights Project at UCLA, it is returning to the levels of racial segregation in schools that existed in 1968.
What is most troubling about these figures is that in an environment where children and young people are introduced to the wider world, the reality of a multicultural country is not being reflected.