What leadership characteristics will eliminate Boston Latin School racism fireworks?

In a recent article, Boston Public School official Tommy Chang has opted to reinstate former principal Michael Contompasis to extinguish the fireworks associated with alleged Boston Latin School racism. Chang has taken a step backwards by endorsing a leadership style that has contributed to the present culture of the Boston Latin School.  Chang can only expect to extinguish the Boston Latin School racism fireworks by recruiting leaders who have the leadership characteristics associated with promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (Properateasclaships).

In a recent article, Michael Contompasis Named Interim Boston Latin School Headmaster, it was reported that Contompasis served as headmaster at the Boston Latin School from 1976 to 1998. Contompasis graduated from Boston Latin in 1957. He was selected as the COO of Boston Public Schools in 1998, and served as the district’s superintendent from 2005 to 2007.

It is ridiculous to believe that Contompasis will have the leadership characteristics necessary to appropriately extinguish the racism fireworks. If anything can be expected, it is that he is an expert at inhibiting any attempts to transform the schools culture to one that benefits Black students.

This type of behavior has become a primary reason why Blacks do not trust school officials. Some minorities believe they cannot trust White institutions becuase Black students are convinced that White teachers are racist and prejudiced and reject White teachers’ authority due to their experience with racism. Black students frequently find themselves in classrooms where their culture, racial, and linguistic identities are under constant attack that manifests as a multitude of disciplinary actions, suspensions, and expulsions.

What are the leadership characteristics that perpetuate racism fireworks?

Leaders who emphasize discipline perpetuate racism fireworks. This type of leader believes that students want to be disciplined. They hold the assumption that Black students are untrustworthy and emphasize the usage of coercion, tight controls, threats, and punishments to eliminate any fireworks associated with racism. They discriminate against students by detracting from the primary function of teaching, which decreases educational opportunities for students. These leaders support teachers who discriminate against students who are not White, male, and middle class.

Teachers with high percentages of Blacks in their classroom are more likely to use an authoritarian classroom management approach. Black students react to arbitrary and autocratic White teacher disciplinary assertiveness by believing that a White man is still trying to tell them what to do.

Leaders who expect to appropriately extinguish any fireworks associate with racism must have several additional leadership characteristics which include:

  1. Servant leaders take precautionary steps, remove obstacles, empower followers, and are persuasive.
  2. Social Justice leaders define and create theories and practices that ensure greater opportunities for all children.
  3. Feminist leaders create child-centered schools by ensuring staff members treat students with respect and dignity.
  4. Participative management leaders focus on self-reference, relationships seen and unseen, information sharing and deciphering, and self-organization.
  5. Transformational leaders develop shared visions within the organization, use research teams or school improvement teams as a way of sharing power, and allow teachers to experiment with new ideas. Transformational leaders create a reflective thinking process that results in rethinking patterns of historical behavior and enables followers to look at problems from different angles, and facilitate second-order changes.
  6. Transactional leaders require compliance from employees in exchange for expected rewards. Transactional leadership receives support from bureaucratic authority. If a bureaucracy is to operate successfully, it must maintain an unusual level of conformity.

Leaders who will avoid the fireworks associated with racism in schools will have an ethical platform grounded in values too. This leaders ethical values will correspond to faithfully developing good relationships. In this case, the leader will focus directly on enhancing the relationships between teachers and students. This leader will avoid the racism fireworks by embracing the development of a moral community and making the well-being of all students the fundamental center of all moral and ethical decisions.

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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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