In a recent article, it appears that charter schools are contributing to the School to Prison Pipeline through racism in education. Charter schools have a long history of enjoying greater prestige when compared to traditional schools. Charter schools will benefit from the Raccelerate Racism System and promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships to ensure that they eliminate the perception of racism in education.
According to the article, Charter Schools Are Suspending Kids More Than Other Schools, And That’s A Problem, the high performing charter school, Success Academy, received national attention due to one of it’s principals developing a list of students who were considered undesirable. According to the article, nine of the sixteen students on the list eventually left the school after facing continuous suspensions and harsh punishments.
After analyzing over 5,000 charter school 2011-2012 Office of Civil Rights data, UCLA researchers determined that charter schools provide more out of school student suspensions when compared to traditional schools. Specifically, charter schools suspended 7.8 percent of their students while traditional schools suspended 6.7 percent of their students. Additionally, nearly 400 charter schools suspended more than 25% of their students.
It appears that charter schools contribute to the same racism in education when compared to traditional schools. However, charter schools have an advantage in several areas. The major area is that charter schools can send students back to their sending school if they do not fit the culture. Traditional schools are normally stuck with students who do not fit the culture unless they are qualified for an alternative educational setting.
Since many elements between charter and traditional schools are the same, it must be the culture of the schools that continues to contribute to racism in education. The one factor that is consistent with charter and traditional schools is the teachers.
How do teachers in traditional and charter schools contribute to racism in education?
Teachers discriminate against students by stereotyping according to ethnicity. White teachers may have difficulty in understanding minorities due to the teachers’ rejection of the students’ lifestyles. Schools have a bias against students who do not share the same characteristics as White, female, middle-class teachers.
Teachers are more likely to have negative academic and behavioral expectations regarding Black students when compared to the expectations of White students. With that in mind, it follows that White teachers have more negative attitudes toward Black children and rate Black students more negatively when compared to White students.
One of the major causes to the school to prison pipeline is that White teachers rate Black male children more deviant when compared to White children. White teachers direct more criticism towards Black males and rate Black male children personalities more negatively when compared to White male children.
Since this is fact, It would make sense that White teachers perceive White students more positively when compared to Black students. High prejudiced White teachers are less pleased with Black students when compared to low prejudiced White teachers. In many traditional and charter schools, White teachers show a heightened hostility toward brighter Black children. White teachers interact with White gifted and non-gifted students more than with gifted and non-gifted Black students.
European American teachers favor other students rather than Black students. European Americans have favorable attitudes toward Mexican Americans when compared to Blacks and are more likely to accept Mexican Americans when compared to Blacks due to Mexican Americans having a closer skin color to European Americans.
Since students continue to transverse through the education system and the one factor that teams is the teacher. Therefore, we must work with teachers in both traditional and charter schools to ensure that all student benefit from a good education.
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
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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