Research says that the most effective tool in the classroom is the classroom teacher. Classroom teachers are supposed to teach and empower and tap into unrealized academic potential. Supposed. To.
Student outcomes and lives can be directly correlated with their interactions with the classroom teacher. We can all think of the 1 or 2 or even 5 teachers that made a huge difference in our lives and we would not be the same without them.
So is it just luck? That maybe our Black students will get a "good teacher" or even "great teacher" to tap into unrealized potential? Or should it be systemic? Should all teachers (to be considered effective) realize the potential of all students (White, Brown, Black and Blue)? Before you answer...
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." ~ Frederick Douglass When we don't offer equitable education to all of our students, then we will spend even more dollars in the long run repairing a system of broken men (prison system), and this JUST happens to disproportionately affect Black men.