In a recent article, local students have implemented the #BlackatBLS campaign to eliminate the perception of racism in Boston Public Schools. It appears that the top is ready to blow and school officials will need to develop and implement strategies designed to invalidate the perception of racism. The best way for Boston Public Schools to eliminate the perception of racism associate with the #BlackatBLS campaign is to utilize the Raccelerate Racism System and Promote Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships (Properateasclaships).
According to the article, Superintendent meets with angry Boston Latin students, students from different ethnicities have banned together to voice their displeasure with the overall climate at the Boston Public School. According to Superintendent Chang, “An important goal of the Boston public schools is to ensure all of our students, regardless of race, culture, sexual orientation, or gender, are offered a safe and respectful learning environment.” Students at the Latin Boston Public School have a different perception. Student Imani Ziad stated that, “It’s not just racism against black people, It’s racism against Spanish people, and Asian people, and Native American people.”
Imani went on to convey that students hurling racial slurs at each other is an established part of the culture for this Boston Public School. In addition, it appears that teachers are facilitators of the alleged racist culture for this Boston Public School. For example, it has been said that many teachers ignore Black students in the classroom and opt to provide more positive reinforcement to White students. “Those are the kids that don’t get picked on, or they get the special treatment from the teachers, who don’t see a problem,” says Imani.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh plans to meet with the #BlackatBLS campaigners and believes that “the experiences that our kids have in our schools shouldn’t be racism. The experiences should be positive, and we want to build a system that it is positive.”
Why is it important for Boston Public School to build a positive system that is conducive to all students which includes the #BlackatBLS campaigners?
Building positive racial teacher student classroom relationships is the best alternative. Positive relationships at schools and in the classroom are in many ways the prerequisites for effective learning and behavior. Students and teachers who are warm, compassionate, and friendly toward one another in the classroom have the potential to improve instruction, learning, and the overall school environment.
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. Long-term teacher-student relationships result in increased teacher job satisfaction. 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.
Positive teacher-student relationships include the absence of negative interactions. Negative criticism, embarrassment, and humiliation are the most frequent acts that damage teacher-student relationships. The barriers to developing positive relationships with students also include:
- Assuming how a student responds, thinks, and feels
- Not allowing students to discover their own explanations and solutions
- Bossing or telling a student what needs to be done and how it should be done
- Criticizing students by pointing out what the students did not do right
- Pointing out to students that they should behave, think, and feel as adults
The best way for students of all ethnicities to appreciate the efforts of teachers at the Boston Public School is to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.
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Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D. www.positiveracialrelationships.com PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology
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