In our 2009 ISR Discussion Board, Teachers of Color Overseas, we asked International Educators to comment on life as a teacher of color in the arena of international education. We posed the following questions in September, 11 years ago:
International Schools teach diversity. Are ‘minority’ teachers well-accepted in the International teaching arena?
Do non-Caucasians find it more difficult to enter the profession? Are ‘minority’ teachers treated differently by parents and/or students?
It has been reported that some schools are just looking for a ‘white’ face to sell the image of an American / British education. Have you found this to be true?
Educators across the globe responded. Hundreds of teachers shared experiences and perceptions, and offered advice. Some even shared email addresses, inviting private conversations. The overall atmosphere of the 2009 Teachers of Color Overseas Discussion Board was supportive and informative.
Skip forward to 2020 and ISR began noticing hate-type speech creeping into Teachers of Color Overseas and other similarly related ISR Discussion Boards. A handful of lurkers had unfortunately begun to post spiteful, prejudiced comments in response to Discussion Board participants with whom they disagreed. Considering the recent global protests for racial equality, we would expect to see the opposite. We, of course, removed all such comments.
What’s changed since 2009? Why has 2020 taken on such a different persona? Is today’s proliferation of social media providing a platform for cowardly haters to hide behind? Do haters feel more emboldened in the shadow of the current US ‘president?’ As an International Educator, do you feel the profession is becoming more diverse or succumbing to negative forces? Are parents and students realizing a ‘white’ face is not a prerequisite to be a teacher?
ISR invites YOU to revisit the topic of Teachers of Color Overseas
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