Hispanic families face higher hurdles at school

December 9, 2018

It’s tough being a teacher. But, trust me, it’s even harder being a teacher of color in a profession that is 80 percent non-Hispanic white nationally, and over 90 percent in most school districts outside of major urban centers.

It’s tough being a teacher — the unrealistic expectations, the high stakes, the low pay and the lack of respect for the profession. But, trust me, it’s even harder being a teacher of color in a profession that is 80 percent non-Hispanic white nationally, and over 90 percent in most school districts outside of major urban centers.

It’s not as though white teachers aren’t professional, nice or supportive. It’s more that, outside of the classroom, they often forget that not everyone in the room is white, and they let fly how they really feel about their students of color.

Over the years, I’ve heard some teachers talk serious trash about their students — including cracks about who would land in jail or end up a lawn maintenance laborer. But even teachers who wouldn’t dare let something so crass about a student leave their lips falter when it comes to complaining about parents.