Teacher perceptions and race

Dick Startz reports on”New research by Adam Wright, “Teachers’ Perceptions of Students’ Disruptive Behavior: The Effect of Racial Congruence and Consequences for School Suspension,” documents that black teachers have much less negative views of black student behavior than do white teachers. . . . For black students, being matched with a black teacher matters.” In terms of suspensions he notes, “Wright shows that the more times a black student is matched with a black teacher, the less likely that student is to be suspended.”

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One Comment on “Teacher perceptions and race

  1. One would think that this would be the most natural process of transference and self-identifying; however, I am not surprised that white teachers are unable to realize the obvious. Imagine if white students only saw Black, Latino, or Asian teachers – how would they feel and response? Would these white children think that they, too, could be teachers one day? At some point thinking is required…

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