White Teachers, Black Students: An "Awkward Disconnect"
The latest installment from Chicago teacher Will Okun is out, this one focused on the awkwardness of being a white teacher in a predominantly black school. In the post, Okun describes asking his colleagues and students if there's a difference between having white or black teachers. The responses include those that think white teachers are too lenient on black students, as well as those who think there's no real difference based on race. Himself a teacher, Okun writes that he is not one of those: "I am saddened to consider that my race potentially limits my effectiveness in the classroom. But truth be told, I can feel an awkward disconnect between the students and me on an almost daily basis."