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 African American women leaving teaching 
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Joined: Mon Sep 01, 2003 5:05 pm
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I’d like to continue discussing why African American women are leaving or not entering the teaching profession. It is my impression, based on my own experiences and articles in the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News and Observer, that African American women are choosing fields such as business, law, medicine, etc. over teaching because they, as all women, can now be successful in these fields in contrast to forty to fifty years ago. As a result of more women entering business and other fields that were previously not as welcoming to women, fewer women are entering “traditionalâ€

Wed Dec 03, 2003 3:22 pm

Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2003 1:46 pm
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Patty and I have both left the business world. I won't speak for her, but I was not happy, and getting "laid off" in March was the "kick in the pants" I needed to become a teacher - which was what I had originally wanted to do back in high school. The counselors talked me out of it, telling me there wouldn''t be any jobs. I think at least one told me I was "too smart" to become a teacher! (Now who wants a dumb bell teaching their kids - I sure don't!)

I have heard recently that now people go into teaching more for the love of teaching and children - whereas formerly many students going into teaching thought they had fewer options. I'm glad women and minorities feel that they have more options, but it is sad for the teaching profession.

The Delpit book did make it sound like the African-American teachers were not comfortable in today's schools, that their "voice" wasn't heard. I wonder what can be done to correct this? It sounds as if administrators and the white teachers need exposure to more ideas like Lisa Delpit's - that perhaps what is a very good method for teaching many students, may not be the best method for some students. I know my natural tendency is to "run with" whatever I believe works!

I am sure it would be beneficial for black children to have more African American teachers as role models, but I guess most of them will be stuck with us "white folk".

I am very curious as to how my teaching will be perceived by minorities! I'm sure I have many lessons yet to learn!

Joyce Jarrard

Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:41 pm
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