When the Student is Ready the Teacher will Appear: Teaching Black in the White Classroom

Patricia D. Hopkins

Abstract


Problems arise when you are a black student at a Predominately White Institution (PWI), which I always thought was par for the course and thus, simply held the mis-education of the said teacher/professor responsible.  Unfortunately those problems did not magically go away when I chose to step in front of the class; for nothing is ever really that simple.  Rather, in many ways, teaching at a PWI is a greater challenge, because I no longer have the privilege to hide in that invisible space I seemed to occupy most of the time, while a student on a predominately white campus.  As I see the shocked faces of students entering my class for the first time, I become the elephant in the room, Ivy League degrees notwithstanding.  Therefore, my article, “When the Student is Ready the Teacher will Appear: Teaching Black in the White Classroom” is important for it addresses issues that have not gone away simply because we have moved forward with a black President.  Further, it talks about the important issue of teaching black in a white classroom, whether you want to or not.


Keywords


Race; Class; Privilege; Injustice; Education; Teaching; Tools; Strategies; Youth; College;

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