May 22, 2024

Black Teachers Have the Highest Morale. Why?

Black teachers have one of the highest rates of turnover in the profession—yet new survey data show that they also have the highest job-related morale.

As district leaders and policymakers work to diversify the teaching profession, the tension between those two trends is a central piece of the puzzle. Black teachers, who make up just 6.1 percent of the workforce, tend to find their work meaningful and fulfilling, which can lead to higher morale. Even so, their dedication to students can feel all-encompassing—and the stresses of the job, combined with the challenges of working in a predominately white field, can push them out of the classroom before they’re ready.

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