*Spike Lee and Education Secretary Arne Duncan came together Monday, calling for more Black male educators.
At a town hall meeting at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, the two expressed a genuine concern about the issues ailing the education system, from lack of diversity to the need of male role models.
“Everybody can’t be a business major,” Lee told the auditorium packed with male high school and college students. “We have to educate ourselves. We have to educate our young black men.”
Lee, who is a Morehouse man, also recognized two of the most influential Black men in his life: two professors who mentored him through school.
In the spirit of education and mentorship, the federal government launched teach.gov to aid anyone who wants to switch careers.
“If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation, if you want to make a difference in the life of a child, become a teacher,” Obama said in a video address taped for Monday’s event. “Our country needs you.”
It’s going to be a big campaign and there are at least 8,500 unfilled teaching jobs. There is financial aid and incentives out there for those ready to make the transition.
Also in the movement, MSNBC contributor, Jeff Johnson, has launched a task force to recruit and place 80,000 Black male teachers in classrooms across the country.
“They look at business, engineering and law as professions that will make them better men, but the very profession that determines what the next generation looks like isn’t even on their radar,” Johnson said.