As reported in the 07-Nov SJ-R, the NAACP may sue if the school district doesn’t hire more black and minority teachers, based on statistics such as blacks comprising only 9% of the district’s teachers vs. 38% of students. The minority recruitment advisory committee posits an 18.4% figure to be in “compliance” with a 40 year old consent decree.
Answer me this — if we actually were to do that, how will everyone else be able to fill their quotas?
The NAACP argument comparing the population of providers (teachers) to consumers (students) is completely flawed, albeit intentional. The real question should be “are we discriminating against qualified teachers based on race?”
According to a 2011 National Center for Education Information report, only 7% of teachers in the USA are black. Given the incredible pressure toward politically correct hiring across the entire educational establishment, 9% is amazing. We’re 29% OVER the national average, folks. We’d have to hire over twice the normal minority teacher distribution to hit that 18.4%.
Here’s an ominous sign from the same report for those of you who think that having a kid’s teacher be the same race is important (didn’t that used to be white people?) — while 22% of teachers are under 30, only 10% of black teachers are under 30. Meaning not only that there aren’t nearly enough black teachers to meet NAACP quotas, but the numbers seem to be dropping.
The district should sue the NAACP to sign a consent decree agreeing to talk 18.4% of young, black, college-bound high school students into being teachers.
Do it for the children.