Where are the Black Men Teaching in Public Schools?

Black men are leaving the teaching profession more than any other group.

Dr. Vibe asks a Black America male educator on why is there a lack of Black men teaching in public schools

Dr. Lamont Ali Francies was born and raised in San Francisco, California (Bayview/Hunter’s Point Community). He is the Senior Minister of the Delta Bay Church of Christ in Antioch, California. He is an adjunct professor of Sociology at Brandman University. He also works an administrator of African American Student Achievement for the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Dr. Francies also does equity work district wide and is a sought after speaker, conducting workshops for numerous educational institutions. Dr. Francies has been invited to speak nationwide at conferences dealing with African American Student Achievement.

Dr. Vibe spoke with Dr. Francies about Black Male Teachers In K – 12 Schools.

During the conversation, Dr. Francies talked about:

– Black students being 16% of America’s public school population, Black teachers making up 7% of the public school teacher population, Black men make up 2% of that 7%
– The education system not being broken but it is replicating the same social inequalities that exist in society
– When students have teachers that look like them they do better
– Why Black male teachers are leaving the profession more than any other ethnic group
– Black male teachers not being hired to educate but to assimilate into the dominate culture
– Education being feminized
– Some of the challenges that Black male teachers face
– “Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.”
– The impact that the racial wealth gap has on this issue
– What can Black parents do to get more Black male teachers in schools
– If Black parents expressing their concern about the lack of Black male teachers in public schools
– The effect that the Black middle class moving from the inner cities to the suburbs has on this subject
– The need for Blacks to start their own schools
– Inequities in funding of schools

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