How can schools eliminate the need to meet the new school-to-prison discipline requirements?

A recent article highlights the historical atrocities associated with the school-to-prison pipeline. It blames a new focus of the security resource officers as the primary contributing factor. The school-to-prison pipeline can be rendered ineffective when the primary focus becomes helping children rather than incarceration.

According to the article, The Development of the School-to-Prison pipeline, this new school-to-prison apparatus began with the Columbine massacre. On April 20, 1999, two teens, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, went on a shooting spree at the Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They killed 13 people and wounded more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide. The crime was the worst high school shooting in U.S. history and sparked debates over gun control laws, high school cliquessubcultures and bullying which resulted in an increased emphasis on school security with zero tolerance policies.

Schools have significantly increased their security measures since the 1999 Columbine massacre. Some of the common school security upgrades include:

  • Metal detectors
  • Security cameras
  • ID badges
  • Enforced dress codes
  • Banned or see-through backpacks
  • On-campus police officers

These often costly security measures have been the subject of much controversy, specifically over the rights of students and invasion of privacy.

Since the Columbine massacre students have had to say goodbye to some of their beloved privileges. Many schools have made the switch to mandatory school uniforms to decrease violence, theft and the prevention of the wearing of gang colors and insignia. In addition some schools have also done away with off campus lunches and have forced students to wear ID badges so faculty and police can keep a close eye on everyone.

The unintended result of the Columbine massacre has resulted in the production of the school-to-prison pipeline. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for the school-to-prison pipeline. In part, the school-to-prison pipeline is a consequence of schools which criminalize minor disciplinary infractions via zero tolerance policies which are in turn enforced by a police presence.

It has been found that two groups, minorities and children with disabilities, are most likely to become participants of the school-to-prison-pipeline. African-American students are 3.5 times more likely than their White classmates to be suspended or expelled, according to a nationwide study by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Black children constitute 18 percent of students, but they account for 46 percent of those suspended more than once.

Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, the Classroom Racism Exterminator, found the same challenge at his high school that he worked for as an assistant principal. He found that minority student suspensions were overrepresented at the school. The student suspension rate was 29%, 24.2%, and 25.4% for three academic years while the state average was 13.8%, 12.9%, and 15.3%, respectively. Black students account for 45% of the processed disciplinary infractions while accounting for only 33% of the student population.

After analyzing the student discipline data, Dr. Campbell found that teacher-student interactions accounted for 70% of the discipline referrals. The teaching staff was 95% White, and the student population was 93% minority. These racial dynamics were the source of the significant percentage of discipline referrals, indicating that teacher and student interactions needed improvement.

Dr. Campbell successfully implemented a process that promoted positive racial teacher-student classroom relationships (Properateasclaships) resulting in the teaching staff having decreases in open defiance (-29.8%) and disrespect towards a teacher (-3%) processed incidents.

Dr. Campbell is planning to teach schools how to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act requirements to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline in August, 2016.

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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.
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