Want to Know How to Get Minorities in the Teaching Profession? Ask Students!

From The Huffington Post

By Elsie Owolo

I remembered Oscar from the previous year when he was a 6th grade student assigned to the other 6th grade social studies teacher. He was quiet when I saw him; the other teacher had praised his intelligence on multiple occasions. He would periodically greet me in the mornings on his way to class and I felt that we always connected in passing.
When I became a 7th grade civics teacher, Oscar became my student. I learned quickly that he was outspoken and wanted to constantly share his unfiltered opinions in class. But one comment caught me off guard.