Urban students of all races are more positive about their Latino and black teachers than their white teachers, according to a study by New York University sociologists Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng and Peter Halpin, reports Anya Kamenetz on NPR.
Using the Gates Foundation’s Measure of Effective Teaching study, they looked responses by sixth- through ninth-grade students at more than 300 schools in cities around the country.
Students were asked questions such as:
- How much does this teacher challenge his students?
- How supportive is she?
- How well does he manage the classroom?
- How captivating does she make the subject?
“All the students, including white students, had significantly more favorable perceptions of Latino versus white teachers across the board, and had significantly more favorable perceptions of black versus white teachers on at least two or three of seven categories in the survey,” reports Kamenetz.
Asian-American and black students were especially positive about their black teachers.
“Controlling for student demographic and academic characteristics, teacher efficacy, and other teacher characteristics” didn’t change the results, reports Ed Week.
The study focused on urban districts, where students, including whites, tend to come from a lower socio-economic class, said Cherng. Students surveyed were in early adolescence, when children “are struggling to form their identities,” he added.
Are Latino teachers better at connected with kids with identity issues?
Why would Asian-American students be so high on black teachers?