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BY ERIC BOODMAN
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (MCT)
PITTSBURGH — A doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) recently stood in front of high school students from the Homewood Children’s Village and asked how many planned to go to college. All hands shot up, but when he asked how many planned to go into education, the hands dropped down.
National statistics echo this scene, which involved about 20 Black students, most from Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 in Homewood. Less than 2 percent of teachers in the U.S. are African-American males, according to Robert Millward, education professor at IUP.
To try to increase those numbers, Millward started the Black Men Teaching Initiative, which led to the teens, male and female, from Homewood Children’s Village attending a workshop at IUP.