Adrienne Holloway, who teaches 6,7 and 8th grade at Carstens Academy of Aquatic Science Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan, said mentors are needed but if people, especially men had an hour she said, come by and have a seat.
Holloway said, “The majority of teachers are women and many students come from single parent home, many of those are lead by women. It would be great to have a positive male role model to ensure the students see a positive male figure during the day to reinforce positive values.”
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has worked hard during his tenure to recruit black male teachers because this group is underrepresented. And that underrepresentation causes problems because you don’t have anyone who can really understand or relate male students.
The headline in USA Today, Black students nearly 4x as likely to be suspended should give us pause, but in the meantime having a black male come to her school or any middle school to eat breakfast with the some boys will be a positive start.
Holloway, who has taught children for 25 years added, the black males could be blue collar, white collar or no collar with an hour to spare as long as they would reaffirm to the students they are capable of learning and they can accomplish anything. But they also listen to the students and sharing advice and insight from a black male perspective, which is powerful.
She said, sitting and talking alone could bring positive results and inspire a child to study harder and pay attention to the lesson being taught in the classroom.
The middle school teacher said, if you’re not a morning person, you could spend that hour inside the classroom and be the teacher’s helper.
She said, when students see a member of the community caring enough to be present help them understand learning is their responsibility as a member of the community outside the school walls.
So, if you got an hour to spare, contact a middle school teacher and obtain the necessary clearance and begin to empower children’s lives by having a seat.
By Tara J., the advocate with the hip hop twist