Teaching the Underserved is a Privilege!

Teaching the Underserved:

Teaching in underserved communities is an Honor, a privilege if you will…

I’m sure there are many roles that we could have starred or co-starred in, but we chose to become educators (not by default) to make a difference in the lives of our students.

There’s a level of trust that exists in black and Latino communities that are unparalleled when it comes down to the respective parents hold for educators that interact and show interest in their scholars. A simple phone call home from a teacher to a parent still means something in these communities and can be the catalyst to change student behavior.


If No Change Occurs:

Even if the scholar’s behavior doesn’t change immediately, we (as educators) should never outright give up on our scholars or their parents. Lately, I’ve been seeing way too many adults throwing in the towel on our scholars and their families.

I tell all of my scholars’ parents that education today is extremely different then it was 25 years ago. The trust that our parents had in teachers isn’t the same trust that we should have in the teachers that teach our children. Why?

Teacher mindset is different. 25 years ago, teachers were optimistic and taught to make a difference in the lives of their scholars. Nowadays, we have educators that are simply unfit to teach our kids. Some of these teachers believe that they are doing us a favor by teaching our scholars. I am not, nor will I ever be okay with that sort of thinking.


Reverse Discrimination

It is an honor to teach in communities of the underserved. If you don’t feel this way, then you should not, under any circumstances accept placement in these types of schools. Is it challenging? Of course, but nothing in life that’s worth having will ever come easy. If teachers don’t feel a badge of honor making a difference in the lives of students, I want them far away from our scholars, because some of the damage that they unleash upon our kids, can never be undone.

Author: Raymond J. Ankrum, Sr.

Mr. Ankrum is the current Superintendent of the Riverhead Charter School. Mr. Ankrum has gained notoriety as a school turnaround expert. He is enthusiastic about helping students from low (SES) find ways to end generational poverty through educational advocacy. If you believe PoC can end generational poverty by exercising educational opportunities, you have an ally in @Mr_Ankrum.

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