Will Paymon Rouhanifard Remain after Camden City Charter School Takeover?

Paymon Rouhanifard was appointed by New Jersey Governor Christie as the state controlled superintendent of Camden City Public School. While Camden Mayor Dana Redd supports the efforts of Rouhanifard, he has a history as a proponent of charter schools which has resulted in 486 children attending Renaissance schools. These charter schools are run and operated by established nonprofit networks that include KIPP, Mastery Charter Schools, and Uncommon Schools.

Rouhanifard is one of twelve superintendents assigned to Camden City over the past twenty years. In the past twenty years, Camden City superintendents have used similar strategies to that are employed by Rouhanifard. These strategies have included leadership training and school restructuring of staff and schools which is paramount to the implementation of charter schools. It is unlikely that he will remain in Camden City once the charter school movement has taken full force because he has not addressed the central problem with Camden City Schools.

Parents and students are well aware that the efforts of the State have resulted in fueling a tradition of failure for students in Camden City. Since many of the Camden residents are products of the Camden City Public Schools, why would they encourage their children to invest the time and effort needed to be more successful that their parent. The students are looking at how their parent has to work to obtain a sub level standard of living as a product of Camden City Schools.

There are glimpses that Rouhanifard scratched the surface of the problem that continues to plague Camden City Schools. He attempted to get to know Camden residents by running 4 to 5 miles in the city during the early morning hours and playing basketball with students and community leaders. He attempted to enhance community relationships and then reverted back to what he knew which is charter schools.

Relationships is the key to transforming the educational system in Camden City. The most important relationship in an educational system is the relationship between the teacher and the student. However, according to the Raccelerate Phenomenon, the media has played a major role in the demise of many of the Camden City Public School students.

Even though Camden can boast one of the most diverse teaching staff, the Raccelerate Phenomenon reveals that most school rules that dominate the present culture are the result of a White Female dominance that has set the stage for current school rules and culture. The only way to offset the Raccelerate Phenomenon is to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (Properateasclaships).

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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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