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Inspiring Careers in the Classroom



    Inspiring Careers in the Classroom
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    What do a Grammy award-winning artist and the Secretary of Education have in common? They share the drive to inspire our country’s future leaders.

    John Legend and Arne Duncan are teaming up to do just that.
    They co-hosted a town hall meeting at Howard University Wednesday to get college students up to school on being teachers.
    Their partnership is thanks to the TEACH campaign. It encourages more minorities, especially men, to pursue careers in the classroom.
    More than 35 percent of our nation’s public school students are African-American or Hispanic. Compare that to the percentage of teachers of the same race. Fewer than 15 percent are minorities.
    Now’s the time for change, Duncan said.
    "With more than a million teachers expected to retire in the coming years, we have a historic opportunity to transform public education in America by calling on a new generation to join those already in the classroom," he said.
    Legend agrees.
    "I’m doing everything I can to end education inequality in our country," he said. 
    Legend founded the Show Me Campaign, a non-profit organization aiming to break the cycle of poverty and improve people’s lives.