How can listening to students eliminate racism in schools?

In a recent article, an author presupposes that transforming racism in schools can only happen by listening to students. This strategy has been well documented with great failure. Transforming the relationships that continue to perpetuate racism in schools is the only possibility for a productive future for many Black students.

According to the article, We must listen to racism concerns at school, a new generation of students are forging forward with efforts to eliminate racism in schools. The presupposition that equipping students with the appropriate language and tools to provide the best possibility for ushering a new type of opportunity in education is a fallacy.

The authors goes on to specify that much of the professional development for students is targeted on those who perpetuate the racism in schools which incidentally has failed miserably. “There is a pressing need for change in leadership. Young people of color need to see themselves better represented among K-12 teachers in urban classrooms, as well as in business, community, and government roles. And there is a need for more believers –– more adult mentors who possess a critical consciousness about racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity.”

The rhetoric sounds good but the reality is that racism in schools will persist unless school choose to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships and hire administrators who had the skills to implement the process.

The first thing that the author must realize is that students have spoken against racism in schools for decades to only be silenced by the power structure between the teacher and students and schools and students. This has resulted in student perceptions regarding the present educational system that has lead to such outcries as the #BlackatBLS and #Blacklivesmatter.

When incorporating students into a marginalized society by slavery, conquest, and colonization, students believe school is detrimental to their identity. Indians, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Blacks share similar experiences of having been transported into the United States against their will and then relegated to an inferior status. Many of these minorities are not willing to perform well in school due to difficulty with crossing cultural lines which results in the lack of representation in schools, businesses, community and government roles. In particular, Blacks have learned since slavery that the best way to get ahead is not through merit and talent but through white patronage.

Americans of color adapt to a society that does not value their ethnicity, history, heritage, or language by establishing societal survival strategies. Black parents participate by preparing their children to live in a dual cultural world that involves helping them to develop skills for adult roles such as wage earners and parenthood in addition to negotiating a dominant society that has different cultural values and judges people by their skin color or ethnic background. Blacks who live in an urban society and a society that dislikes them for the color of their skin ensure they do not become victims by approaching people with caution, wariness, and a sense of distrust.

The perception that students have influences student achievement. 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.

Secondly the author must understand that it takes a specific type of leadership to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships. Promoting positive racial teacher-student classroom relationships requires the following leadership characteristics:

  • Transactional
  • Servant
  • Ethical
  • Social justice
  • Feminist
  • Participative management
  • Transformational

Eliminating racism in schools also requires specific organizational transformation processes that will eliminate the characteristics associated with a dysfunctional organization. Without the understanding of the prominent principles, the voices that the author wishes to empower will continue to suffocate under the guise of racism in 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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