The overwhelming majority of America’s teachers are white, according to recent Urban Institute data. Unsurprisingly, so are America’s education degree programs. But Memphis colleges seem to be bucking this trend.
One particular school, The University of Memphis, is helping lead the charge. Forty percent of its education majors are African-American, a percentage that closely resembles the student body as a whole.
Another school, Christian Brothers University, has higher percentages of African-Americans in education degree programs than in the student body. This trend, fairly unique to Memphis colleges, reflects a commitment to training a diverse workforce of future educators.
– Sam Bojarski, The 100 Companies