Dr. Lamont Ali Francies was born and raised in San Francisco, California (Bayview/Hunter’s Point Community). He is the Senior Minister of the Delta Bay Church of Christ in Antioch, California. He is an adjunct professor of Sociology at Brandman University. He also works an administrator of African American Student Achievement for the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Dr. Francies also does equity work district wide and is a sought after speaker, conducting workshops for numerous educational institutions. Dr. Francies has been invited to speak nationwide at conferences dealing with African American Student Achievement. He has also authored several articles that deal with the the Black faith tradition and a critique of Multiculturalism. Dr. Francies is also the president of the Mt. Diablo Black Educators Association and remains an unapologetic advocate for Black students and families. Dr. Francies holds a Masters of Arts in both Sociology & Counseling. He also holds a pupil personnel credential in counseling and a doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco in International & Multicultural Education. Dr. Francies currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife Tiffany and their five children.
Recently, Dr. Francies was on our show talking about Black Male Teachers In K – 12 Schools.
During our conversation, Dr. Francies talked about:
– Life growing up in San Francisco in a single parent home with one brother without a father in the home – His mother playing mother and father struggling raising him and his brother and how she achieved graduating from college – The first male father figure that he could relate to was on The Cosby Show – The greatest thing that his mother gave him and his brother – Some of his challenging childhood and when it began to turn – The cultural shock that he experienced when he first started attending Pepperdine University, having his first Black teacher in his life and that teacher’s influence on him getting into education – Black students being 16% of America’s public school population, Black teachers making up 7% of the public school teacher population, Black men make up 2% of that 7% – The education system not being broken but it is replicating the same social inequalities that exist in society – When students have teachers that look like them they do better – Why Black male teachers are leaving the profession more than any other ethnic group – Black male teachers not being hired to educate but to assimilate into the dominate culture – Education being feminized – Some of the challenges that Black male teachers face – “Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.” – The impact that the racial wealth gap has on this issue – What can Black parents do to get more Black male teachers in schools – If Black parents expressing their concern about the lack of Black male teachers in public schools – The effect that the Black middle class moving from the inner cities to the suburbs has on this subject – The need for Blacks to start their own schools – Inequities in funding of schools
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