How should Baltimore schools respond to recent Freddie Gray incident?

In a recent article, a local Baltimore police officer has been found not guilty for any misdoings regarding the Freddy Gray incident. Many security officers, administrators, and teachers could become the recipient of aggressions from students and outsiders. Baltimore Public Schools will need to prepare for an aftermath that could have repercussions for years to come by ensuring that teachers become part of the process that helps students to overcome the negative associations regarding the Freddie Gray incident

According to the article, Freddie Gray verdict: Officer Edward Nero not guilty, a Baltimore police officer, Edward Nero, has been found not guilty of charges associated with the Freddie Gray incident. Nero, is one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case. He was accused of second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment for not putting a seat belt on Gray when he put the prisoner in a police van. Freddie Gray died from spinal injuries after being shackled without a seat belt in the van.

Since Freddie Gray is a product of the Baltimore community, school officials have warned that students who participate in protest regarding the recent Freddie Gray incident will face consequences. According to Baltimore City School chief executive Gregory E. Thornton, “Students need to understand that we support their right to express their emotions, and that we will facilitate opportunities for them to do so appropriately”. Additionally he wrote in a letter addressed to parents, families and community members. “However, we need to make it clear that student walkouts, vandalism, civil disorder, and any form of violence are not acceptable under any circumstances and that students who participate in such behaviors will face consequences.”

The problem with the statement by Thornton is that the majority of the students feel that the have no other alternative to get justice in their lives. They are in schools where they feel that administrators and teachers are not able to help with their plight. As a result of the Freddie Gray incident they are reluctant to turn to the police. The only alternative that many of them may have is to turn to gangs. Gangs will embrace their troubles and become family to many of the youth in the Baltimore City Schools who are now completely frustrated with the systematic racism against Blacks.

If the students have no where else to turn then the only opportunity that is provided to them is the same activities that Baltimore City School chief executive Gregory E. Thornton has warned against. Baltimore City Public Schools must offer different alternatives that must begin in the classroom.

Students do better in school when they believe getting a good education will increase their chances for success. Enhancing their chances for success begins with success in the classroom.

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 and learning. 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.

Teachers who have positive feelings toward their students are more likely to have students reciprocate those positive feelings. 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.

Since the students have been warned about the consequences of their potential negative behavior the stage has been set. Many students will work hard to maintain their cool which is one of the primary signals of a division between the students and the Baltimore City School district. Students who are working to maintain their cool due to the Freddie Gray incident will eventually resort to troubling behaviors if we don’t empower teachers to help them.

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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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