In a recent Washington Post op-ed, US Secretary of Education John King made the case that teachers of color suffer from the so-called “invisible tax.”
That’s when a teacher of color is the only minority teacher in their school. The tax they pay is when they are expected to act as experts on every issue related to cultural diversity.
King says the invisible tax leads to burnout, at a time when teachers of color are leaving the profession more quickly than their white peers.
Dr. William Hayes is a principal at a middle school in Camden, New Jersey.
He joined Associate Producer Ryan Katz on the podcast to talk about the invisible tax along with his work with a Philadelphia-based support group for black male educators, The Fellowship.