As many reporters continue to speculate on the Michael Brown shooting, the racism that Blacks students face in education continues to resurface. A recent report by the Office of Civil Rights indicates that Black students are more likely to be suspended when compared to White students. This suspension trend is evident for preschoolers too. A recent New York Times editorial board revealed that the criminalization process in schools for minor infractions that suggest a pattern of discrimination. The Southern Poverty Law Center found that the discrimination of Black male students in some of the nations largest schools continues this pattern of discrimination. The ending result is a Black male dropout rate is more than one and half times the dropout rate for White students.
After hearing about the Michael Brown shooting parents and Black students must have reservations about the importance of school. Parents may be reluctant to encourage their children because they faced the same discrimination. Students may feel not only do you make me go to school and then discriminate against me. But in the end, the Black student may declare that they might suffer the same outcome as the Michael Brown shooting.
The biggest problem that Black students face is racism in the classroom. Black students continue to be disciplined for the cultural values that they bring to classroom that are acceptable in their homes. There have been numerous and costly attempts to render classroom racism (Cloomism) ineffective with minimal results. The only way to eliminate classroom racism is by promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (Properateasclaships).
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
PO Box 1668 Blackwood, NJ 08012
Published Book – Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships
“The model that you use to analyze teacher-student relationships is a good one for most school districts”.
~ Joe Vas ~ Perth Amboy Mayor
“Dr. Campbell’s Cultural Relationship Training Program is comprehensive, informative, and should be required training for all schools”
~ Darrell Pope ~ Hutchinson Kansas NAACP President