In an unprecedented turn of events, Black parents are opting to home school their children to avert the atrocities associated with racism in education. This will result in the loss of employment for many teachers who intend to dedicate their lives to educating children. Teachers can avert the impending poverty associated with racism in education by promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.
According to the article, African-American Students Are Dropping Out Of School And Choosing Homeschool Instead; Racial Prejudice Still Strong In US Schools?, there exist a numerous quantity of African-American students who are dropping out of school to complete continuing to seek a high school education through homeschooling. Parents are utilizing this alternative due to the continued racism in education which results in many African American students becoming victims of the school-to-prison pipeline.
“A recent study published by the National Home Education Research Institute, reveals that over 220,000 African-American children are now being homeschooled. African-American children make up the 10 percent of the total number of children being homeschooled. In comparison, the percentage of African-America students nationwide is 16 percent. Most of the causes of African-American practicing homeschool is the fact that there is still racism present in the education system in the United States.”
This continued racism in education is going to result in the loss of many teachers for which even the teachers unions will not be able to prevent this catastrophe. It will become catastrophic due to the many benefits associated with teaching.
Since the education field is primary White female, many White families benefit because the employed teacher is available to provide an income for the family as well as be available for their children every evening, every weekend, and every summer. Teachers will need to reconsider how they interact with African American children to ensure their survival.
The Obama administration has foresaw this catastrophe and now requires a different treatment for African American students through the Every Student Succeeds Act.
How will the Every Student Succeeds Act help teachers avoid the catastrophe associated with racism in education?
The Every Student Succeeds Act supersedes the No Child Left Behind Law by encouraging school districts to evaluate their discipline polices that will meet the standards set forth by the act. Schools are required to reveal the steps that they are taking to curb discipline practices that displace students out of the classroom.
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires that school districts adopt researched based practices that will keep children in school and develop discipline policies that do not contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.
How can teachers eliminate the need for homeschooling Black students that results from racism in education?
Teachers can eliminate the need for homeschooling Black students that results from racism in education by promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (properateasclaships).
Promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships is paramount because 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.
The interpersonal relationship between students and teachers has a profound impact on instructional activities and outcomes. 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.
Teachers and educators must consider the benefits of promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships to ensure that racism in education does not contribute to their ultimate demise.
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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~ Joe Vas ~ Perth Amboy Mayor
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