How should Charleston County Public Schools respond to recent racism allegations?

In a recent article, several Charleston County public schools community members have officially expressed their concerns at a recent board meeting regarding recent racial allegations. At the end of the meeting, Todd Garrett, a board member, called the accusations levied at board members “absurd” and “par for the course.” He went on to say that “We’re not doing a good job and we have not been doing a good job of teaching poor, black children in our district. But we are moving in a new direction to try to demand accountability in every school.” Charleston County pubic schools can eliminate the perception of racism by empowering teachers to promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.

According to the article, Controversy, accusations of racism continue to hound Charleston County school board, Pastor Nancy Faden of Solid Rock Christian Fellowship compared the board members to the Ku Klux Klan and the young white supremacist Dylan Roof. Dylan Roof is charged with murdering nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church on June 17. She went on to say that “You are no better because you have done privately what he did openly. You continue to show your disrespect for us as African Americans. The sheets have come off, and I’m looking at Dylann Roofs, the collective school board of Charleston.”

In addition, Reverend Nelson Rivers, pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging that the board’s superintendent hiring process excluded African-Americans. The complaint also alleges that the board engaged in discriminatory hiring practices and has created a hostile work environment for the African-American staff. The resolution for this complaint is to compel the school board to develop a plan to end racial segregation at Academic Magnet High School and to distribute resources more equitably throughout the district.

How can empowering Charleston County public school teachers to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships eliminate the need for civil litigation?

Developing positive relationships with students provides benefits for schools, teachers, and students. Having positive and caring relationships in schools increases resilience and protects children from academic failure, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, and destructive behavior and violence. Teachers who have positive feelings toward their students are more likely to have students reciprocate those positive feelings. Teachers who develop positive and personal relationships with students may prevent psychological development problems in their students. Students are more willing to develop positive relationships with teachers who tend to form close friendships with their students.

Minority students have beliefs regarding student achievement and teacher-student relationships. Black students believe their academic achievement increases when they have positive relationships with teachers. Black students also believe that increases in positive feelings affect academic achievement when teachers become responsive to the students’ personal lives. Conversely, Black students believe that their poor academic performance results from teachers who lack concern for them and engage in negative gossip regarding students.

Quality teacher-student interactions are one of the most important variables that influence student achievement in the classroom. Teacher-student interactions are at the center of the educational process. Therefore, it is to be expected that they should have an important bearing on students’ achievement. Teacher-student interactions affect student achievement. Long-term teacher-student relationships result in improved student performance. Higher student grades result when teachers and students have congruent values. Black student achievement has a high correlation with warm and supportive teachers.

The interpersonal relationship between students and teachers has a profound impact on instructional activities and outcomes. Teachers respond to their favorite students by creating a warmer and more positive classroom atmosphere, providing superior feedback on how they are performing, teach challenging material, and increase opportunities to respond to questions. Teacher warmth increases student vocabulary and arithmetic achievement. Warm relationships between teachers and students motivate students to meet teachers’ requests for compliance. Expressing warmth toward minority students without accompanying the friendliness with challenging academic standards is just as debilitating to students as expressing overt hostility.

Promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships in the Charleston County Public Schools will eliminate the perception of a racist school district.

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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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