How Can Teaching Be More Selective and More Diverse at the Same Time?

From Education Week

By Madeline Will

How often are bright students asked if they want to be a teacher? 

At a Center for American Progress panel here on Thursday, accomplished educators said they weren't encouraged to go into teaching until they were near the end, or finished with, college. And that is even more pronounced for students—particularly boys—of color, panelists said.

Panelist Sharif El-Mekki, the co-founder of The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice, a teacher-diversity initiative in Philadelphia, said he hears from many white women who say they were encouraged to go into teaching as early as kindergarten or 1st grade.