Will New York Mayor Fail New York City Schools Again?

In recent article, New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has recommended several initiative to improve 94 of the city’s most troubled New York City Public Schools. He plans to extend school hours, add social services, and improve school supervision of teachers and principals. It seems that his efforts are paramount to historical strategies that have not improved student achievement.

Just to extend school hours is not enough for New York City Public Schools. The major questions that Mayor de Balsio is what will happen in this extended day. Knowing that he is not a proponent of charter schools. it is consisted with a strategy that many charter schools implement. Forty-eight of the charter schools across the nation provide a longer school day.

Proponents claim that the additional time spent in school will increase academic achievement and close the achievement gap for many students. However, the increase in time spent in schools can be costly. Recently, Chicago Public Schools spent almost $10 million dollars in 2011 to lengthen the school day for 50 schools. the total projected budget for this initiative was $84 million. This 484 million figure did not include the additional money necessary for electricity, water, gas, and maintenance.

Other school districts across the nation are establishing community service organizations to assist students and their families with the large range of problems that they may encounter. This will require the restructuring of relationships with service agencies, families, and the community. Schools will have to restructure the way that they operate. School principals will have to reach out to the community which will take away from their time as an instructional leader.

Mayor de Balsio intends to add additional coaches for teachers and principals to enhance student achievement. This will provide principals the time necessary to reach out to the community and other stakeholders to ensure that community services are available to both students and their families. However, the basic problem with have a coach is just that. In this type of coaching relationships a power struggle can ensue. Unless there is an accountability measure in place that makes the power of the coach to supersede that of the coached principal or teacher there will by both political and power challenges that will render the initiative ineffective.

What Mayor de Balsio is doing to New York City Public Schools is adding more parts to an already dysfunctional school district. He is attempting to fix the car by “souping it up”, when the real problem is the electrical system.

The electrical system impacts every area of the car. The car will not stop correctly if the electrical system is dysfunctional. The sensors in the car will not work if the electrical system is dysfunctional. The lights in the car will not work if the electrical system is dysfunctional. An in some new model cars, the brakes will not function correctly if the electrical system is dysfunctional. Like the electrical system, if the teacher student classroom relationships are dysfunctional, the school will not rune correctly.

Teacher student classroom relationships in the New York City Public Schools as well as all schools is the most important relationships in the school. When teachers and students have positive classroom relationships their is a positive shift in the schools culture. Positive teacher-student classroom relationships will increase teacher morale which will transfer into high students achievement and less disciplinary consequences for students.

Researcher Miller (1981) points out that teacher morale “can have a positive effect on pupil attitudes and learning. Raising teacher morale level is not only making teaching more pleasant for teachers, but also learning more pleasant for the students. This creates an environment that is more conducive to learning.”

Positive Teacher student classroom relationships is the vehicle for turning around New York City Public Schools.

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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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