Do Black Students Learn Better from Black Teachers?

Do black students perform better academically with black teachers? (Madame Noire)
Do black students perform better academically with black teachers? (Madame Noire)

As HBCU students, alumni, supporters and enthusiasts, most are obviously aware that the majority of the campuses are predominately African-American. There is diversity typically within the institution’s faculty and staff.

Seeing as though college is a place of higher learning and education, it is important to recognize academic achievement among students.

According to a recent St. Petersburg Times article, many states are recruiting more Black teachers. This comes in response to several studies which show that Black students learn better from Black teachers. From elementary school students to college students, research such as the one conducted by Northwestern University professor, David Figlio in 2006, shows there is an achievement gap among these students who are taught by teachers of a different race.

Many questions, comments and criticisms can be raised about this issue. Not all students are alike, some need extra attention, some need a little and some don’t need any at all.  No matter what the race of the teacher is.

However, it can also be said that due to familiarity, students are able to learn better from teachers/professors who look like them.

The ability to relate to one another on some level probably makes it easier to connect to, inevitably making it easier to learn and excel. Similar to one of the many reasons students choose to attend a HBCU: in order to have African-American professionals teach a fellow African-American how to make it in the “real-world”, increasing the amount of Black teachers for Black students in order to improve their academic achievement may not be a bad idea.

For the research conducted by David Figlio, follow this link to the PDF containing his research. This link will guide you to “A Community College instructor like me: Race and ethnicity interactions in the classroom” by Robert Fairlie and Florian Hoffman.

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  • Sylence

    That ape “teacher” looks more confused than the niglet.

  • NiggerHater

    Bring back segregation. NlGGERS BELONG IN CAGES.

  • slaper

    niggers are a drain on civilized society and are unable to learn. The liberal solution is to throw more money at the problem. Just teach them how to shine shoes and pick cotton, thats all they are good for.

  • ThePalaceDogs

    Niggers are born borderline retarded so actually have no business in school, but certainly belong picking cotton or cleaning some toilet somewhere, Even some magical nigger who thinks he or she earned a diploma in some phony doctorate degree has been helped along by some apefirmative action or some other white group who actually believe that helping the niggers is good for the rest of us, Only if that good means, murder, rape or some form of parasitic behaviour which is found in nigger DNA.

  • George Wallace

    The taxpaying public has spent trillions on trying to educate niggers to no avail. More indirect money is lost by having niggers in jobs and colleges on the apefirmative action track, where they don’t belong.

    That niglet seems to be struggling awfully hard to do that division! Maybe she and da teachah should pack it in and get a job at Waffle House or IHOP makin’ and servin’ up dem pampakes.

  • Banned on

    it is possible to educate the negro. But only to a limited capacity. Ancient Greek slaves were sent to schools of philosophy while jungle bats were only sent to do simple farm work. Has 400yrs. of nigger infestation taught us nothing? Niggers will always be worthless turds. Give every female of the nigger species a box of coat hangers when she graduates. Kindergarten at age 10. Time to stop the niggerdom.

  • Pickled Pig’s Feet

    If you look at the facts, niggers are disproportionally lacking in intelligence compared to all other races. Even the smartest niggers are 20 IQ points behind the average white man and 30 points behind an Asian. This isn’t because of racism and prejudice, it’s because niggers are stupid animals with underdeveloped brains.

    Think about it, in Africa if you want food, it’s everywhere! Just pick some off a tree. Do you need shelter? No! It’s always warm and the trees provide a nice thick canopy to keep you out of the rain. Now, think about Norway or Sweden. If you need food you must be smart and learn to plan. You must carefully forage and set traps for dangerous animals. You must build complicated shelters because the weather is almost always bad. That’s why the white man evolved to be smarter than the negro, and why the negro will never be able to learn as quickly as anyone else. It is a cloudy-minded, lackadaisical beast who is confused as to why the world isn’t simply giving him everything he needs to be complacent, like the old days in Africa. The only solution is to return him to Africa where he can be happy and free from the difficulties of civilized life.