How should Fresno Unified School District teachers respond to lack of school discipline?

In a recent article Fresno Unified School District teachers have decided to confront school administrators regarding the lack of student consequences for school violations. The teachers and the teachers union are in a no win situation if they expect that change will occur by confronting school administrators. A better alternative is for Fresno Unified School District teachers to reduce student disciplinary infractions and teacher student fights by promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.

According to the article, Fresno Unified teachers demand stricter discipline, teachers are displeased with the way that administrators handle school discipline. The teachers have sponged by participating in a survey. According to the survey the majority of the teachers said they have concerns about how disciplinary issues are handled and that security and discipline problems have increased over the years. Almost one-third of the teachers said they have had students removed from class for violent offenses, only to see those students returned to the classroom the following day.

The survey was a result of several incidents in which teachers were physically harmed. In the previous month a student allegedly assaulted teacher Roy Verduzco when he tried to break up a fight. He was sent to the hospital for high blood pressure. In another incident, another teacher was allegedly assaulted by a student and this teacher is presently absent from school on personal leave. According to Scott Hatfield, the Bullard High School teacher who has been leading the petition efforts, the teacher was encouraged not to press charges or speak out about the incident.

It appears that the Fresno Unified School District teachers are having difficulties with establishing positive classroom relationships with students. The teachers have decided that the fight is with the teachers and the administrators when in reality the real fight is between the teachers and the students.

What characteristics do Fresno Unified School District teachers possess that could lead to teacher student fights?

​Racial differences between teachers and students influence positive teacher-student classroom relationship development. Teacher-student conflicts result from a difference in desires, and even though this difference may be reduced, it remains in schools.

Racial background affects individuals attitudes, beliefs, and values about education. It also influenced ideas about how classes ought to be conducted, how students and teachers ought to interact, and what types of relationships are appropriate for students and teachers. The classroom conflict between teachers and students results from the different cultural contexts that students and teachers bring to the classroom.

What perceptions do Fresno Unified School District students possess that could lead to teacher student fights?

Student perceptions and feelings regarding teachers and themselves influence teacher student classroom relationships. Students do better in school when they believe getting a good education will increase their chances for success. Students who perceive that teachers have favorable feelings toward them have higher achievement levels when teachers have positive views toward them. Children who have positive feelings regarding teachers have higher achievement levels.

Black and Latino urban high school students believe their underachievement results when they perceive racism and discrimination toward them and become limited by American society. Black adolescents believe school is a hostile place and White teachers are oppression agents that symbolize the racism Black students have endured throughout their entire lives.

Black students may develop oppositional social identities that are contrary to the social expectations of mainstream society when they experience racism and respond with anger and rebellion. Some Black students are convinced that White teachers are racist and prejudiced and will therefore reject White teachers’ authority due to their experience with racism.

Black students frequently find themselves in classrooms where their culture, racial, and linguistic identities are under constant attack that manifests as a multitude of disciplinary actions, suspensions, and expulsions. Minority students are more likely to encounter teacher behavior that impedes their progress when compared to White students.

White teachers and Black students have differing beliefs that can lead to teacher student fights. However, the Fresno Unified School district teachers are the professional and the expectation is that they can resolve many of the conflicts by promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.

Related Articles

Fresno Unified Teachers Voice Safety Concerns

Fresno programs try to repair racial imbalance in student suspensions

When classroom violence breaks out, how can a teacher respond? Rules and protocols vary

Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.

PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034


Get Email Updates

Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology

doctor_derrick1          Racism Book                  Raccelerate Racism Scale Small


“The model that you use to analyze teacher-student relationships is a good one for most school districts”.

~ Joe Vas ~ Perth Amboy Mayor

“Dr. Campbell’s Cultural Relationship Training Program is comprehensive, informative, and should be required training for all schools”

~ Darrell Pope ~ Hutchinson Kansas NAACP President

Profile Picture 250 by 250




About Classroom Racism Exterminator

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.
This entry was posted in Classroom Management, Discrimination, Race Relations, Race Relations in America, racial discrimination, Racial Profiling, Racism, Racism in America, Racism in Education, School Discipline, Structural Racism, The Raccelerate Formula and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s