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Want to Support Black Students? Invest in Black Teachers

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Growing up with Black teachers as mothers, we lived in households where discussions of education were ever-present, involved and sometimes, to our annoyance as children, inescapable. Both of our moms spent their years in the classroom fighting to replace outdated and racially biased curricula, clashing with colleagues who substituted punishment for pedagogy, particularly when dealing with Black students, and struggling against the low expectations of administrators with limited visions of Black potential. (Erica’s mother taught on a military base in southwestern Germany as part of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools. Michael’s mother taught for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky.)

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