There’s a “culture gap” in Washington state’s K-12 schools: 90 percent of teachers are white; 80 percent are women. Yet those they’re instructing are only 56 percent white, and approximately 48 percent are female. As a result, a significant proportion of students are learning from someone whose lived experience may differ greatly from theirs. But should a teacher’s race or gender be the issue? Are socioeconomic status, religion, or whether a teacher comes from a rural or urban background more meaningful factors when it comes to being an effective instructor? In the latest Think & Drink event sponsored by Humanities Washington, join Kristin Leong, a former teacher, currently an education activist, and Daudi Abe, a Seattle Central College professor and journalist, as they explore the causes of and solutions to the problem of our divided classrooms.
Tue, Sept. 19 at 7 pm • $5 • Magic Lantern Theatre • 25 W. Main • humanities.org