Will Montgomery County initiative to recruit minority teachers fail?

In a recent article, Montgomery County’s school chief, Joshua P. Starr, announce a new initiative with the intention of increasing minority teachers in the workplace. The superintendent is implementing four strategies which revolve around recruitment, selection, retention, and internal development. This is not the first time that a school district has been pressured to increase minority teachers.

Lafayette School Corp decided that recruiting minority teachers was one of the primary goals outlined in a recent meeting at the Lafayette City Hall. The recruitment of minority teachers is in response to reducing the number of disproportionate Black youths who are suspended and expelled from school as well as the number of juvenile delinquency filings.

The University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), has the Minority Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP) which is a partnership between

CEHD, Jefferson County Public Schools and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative designed to recruit minority teachers. They, like the new Montgomery County plan, offers scholarships. In addition, they offer preparatory workshops for entrance exams, financial assistance, advising, professional development seminars, tutoring and career guidance.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Raisor has pledged to the school board to increase recruitment of minority teachers by having the human resources department to revamp its applicant tracking system, adopt an electronic filing system, and placing an emphasis on developing partnerships with colleges, particularly historically black colleges and universities.

The Montgomery County new initiative includes enlisting Montgomery County teachers as ambassadors who will help to recruit teachers in the colleges that they presently attend. The initiative will include a marketing campaign, an audit of the hiring process, and mandated professional learning regarding cultural proficiency too.

Montgomery County as well as other schools will need to implement additional strategies to ensure that recruiting minority teachers is accepted by the culture of the schools. The necessity for the acceptance of minority teachers by the culture of schools must be emphasized because what we are really talking about is a shift in scarce resources. The scarce resources are time and money.

A teaching job has provided many benefits to White families. Since the majority of the teachers are White female there are additional benefits. Not only are the White female teachers afforded the opportunity to contribute to the White household income, but because teachers have every evening off, every weekend off, and every summer off, it provides benefits as it related to child rearing. This long established pattern has benefited the White community and any efforts to jeopardize these scarce resources will be meet with opposition.

While the efforts of the Montgomery County School are commendable they are doomed to fail without transitioning the culture of the schools. The main reason for recruiting minority teachers is because the culture of the school rejects many of the Black students and their culture.

Black students have long been victims of rejection which has resulted in over disciplining Black children. According to a U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights report, Black preschool children disproportionately represent the majority of the students suspended. While Black children represent 18% of preschool enrollment they represent 48% of out of school suspensions. White preschool students represent 43% of the population but only 26% of the out of school suspensions. This pattern continues as Black students progress to higher grades. Black students are three times more likely to be suspended from school when compared to White students. One average, 5% of White students account for suspension while Black students account for 16% of the suspensions.

Even when it comes to interaction with law enforcement, Black students are victimized. Black students represent 16% of the student enrollment while representing 27% of the students who are recommended to law enforcement and 31% of the students who are arrested. White students represent 51% of the enrollment and are referred to law enforcement 41% of the time as well as accounting for only 39% of students who are arrested.

The same culture that rejects Black student will reject the recruited minority teachers. The reason that this is likely is because the inclusion of a Black teacher into a White female dominated culture has it limitations. Therefore, Montgomery County Schools will have to include in their initiative a process that acclimate the already established White culture to be more accepting of minority teachers and minority students. This can be accomplished by eliminating classroom racism (Elcloomism) which required promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (Properateasclaships). This process will enhance Montgomery Counties teacher diversity initiative.

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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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