Gender and race do matter in terms of promoting student achievement. This article cites research studies which show that students, especially black boys, achieve better when their teacher is a black male. This is more true in the upper grades than in the elementary grades.Source:
Claire Cain Miller, New York Times, September 10, 2018Description:
"Research has found that boys, and particularly black boys, are more affected than girls by disadvantages, like poverty and racism, and by positive influences, like high-quality schools and role models. Yet they are least likely to have had a teacher that looks like them."Read the full article here!