Does School Discipline Set the Stage for Black Teen Opposition to Police Officers?

A recent article, For More Teens, Arrests by Police Replace School Discipline, reveals that the interaction of police officers into school discipline could be the reason that Black teens oppose police officers. Since 1950 police departments have attempted to improve police-student relations by assigning police officers to schools. Additional officers were added in the 1980’s to assist with drug education programs. In the 1990’s, becoming tough on crimes initiatives resulted in additional police offices becoming assigned to schools to help decrease school discipline. The infusion of police officers as a substitute for administrator responsibilities for delving out student disciple has backfired and may be the direct source for racial tensions between Black teenagers and the police.

Black teenagers are overrepresented in school discipline and in many cases police officers become the final intervention for many disciplinary consequences. For example, Black students are 3 1/2 times more likely to be suspended from schools when compared to white students. Many of these schools suspensions involve a school resource officer who escorts the student out of the school or into the custody of the local police. This begins the process of delving out school discipline begins the resentment towards police for many Black teenage youths.

The handling of school discipline by local police officers is a bigger implication of a dysfunctional organization. Dysfunctional organizations have five levels. The first level is defensive mechanisms. Defensive mechanism are those values that we develop that protect us or eliminate embarrassment for the individual. It is embarrassing for a school district that can not handle student disciplinary challenges even though they are considered the educational experts. The next level is skilled incompetence. Skilled incompetence is the result of testing specific strategies to protect ourselves without knowing the possible outcome. Then we arrive at defensive routines. Defensive routines are those actions that become automatic responses to protect ourselves. And in this case, school districts automatically inform law enforcement or resources officers of Black student alleged disciplinary violations to protect their interest in the school and themselves. The fourth stage is fancy footwork. We employ Fancy Footwork as a strategy to deflect any negative challenges to our defective mechanisms. The final stage is organizational malaise. During the final phase, we continue to focus on the negative, which in this case is Black student behavior, and distance ourselves from the problem which include having the student placed under arrest with out taking responsibility of how the school has contributed to the problem.

School discipline dysfunction contributes to racial tensions between Black teens and police officers which in many cases, Black students grow up to be citizens that hate and despise cops. These same Black students will teach their children to be distrustful of the education system and cops and this cycles continues for generations. School administrators must once again take back control of their schools from the institution of security personnel and become the principal agents for delving out schools discipline. They must come to the realization that the reason for the increase in security measure has roots in how to protect their teacher staff which is predominately White female. It is the clash of values between a White female staff and Black students which is at the root of the disciplinary challenges.

The civil war has taught us that when people are unjustly devastated that it is only a matter of time before forces come together to undo the injustices. Time allows us an opportunity to correct these injustices by eliminating classroom racism (Elcloomism).

Will school administrators revamp school discipline consequences to avert another Race War?

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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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