What is the science of the Raccelerate Formula?

The Raccelerate Formula helps educators reflect on their practice to avoid the atrocities associated with allegations of racism. Educators who have the opportunity to reflect on their practice also have an opportunity to improve education for all students. The Raccelerate Formula helps to reduce school violence, civil rights lawsuits, and racism claims against staff members.

How was the Raccelerate Formula developed?

In a recent article, California’s school suspensions show racial disparity, disciplinary data was used to determine which schools needed additional diversity training. After evaluating the data, is was determined that the process was flawed because it uses quantity as the basic measure to determine the potential racism in the school.

It appears from the article that schools that had more than 200 recorded incidents were classified as racist and were provided the additional training. Using this as a threshold, thirty-two schools qualified for the additional diversity training.

The problem with using this type of evaluation is that some schools that were in need of additional training, according to their standards, were not provided the services because they did not meet the required 200 minimum disciplinary infractions. For example, Wheatland Union High School had 144 suspensions for 738 students. For this school the suspension rate was 15.45%. This is well above the national average of 7%. Another school that would have benefited from the additional training is Colfax Elementary. This school had 41 suspensions for 582 students. For this school the suspension rate was 7.04%. Additionally, there were 27% of the schools that were above the national average.

A better way to evaluate the California schools would have been to utilize the Normal Distribution Curve. In probability theory, the normal (or Gaussian) distribution is a very common continuous probability distribution. Normal distributions are important in statistics and are often used in the natural and social sciences to represent real-valued random variables whose distributions are not known.

The normal distribution is useful because of the central limit theorem. In its most general form, under some conditions (which include finite variance), it states that averages of random variables independently drawn from independent distributions converge in distribution to the normal, that is, become normally distributed when the number of random variables is sufficiently large. Physical quantities that are expected to be the sum of many independent processes (such as measurement errors) often have distributions that are nearly normal. Moreover, many results and methods (such as propagation of uncertainty and least squares parameter fitting) can be derived analytically in explicit form when the relevant variables are normally distributed.

The normal distribution is represented by the bell curve. The bell curve refers to the shape that is created when a line is plotted using the data points for an item that meets the criteria of normal distribution. The center contains the greatest number of a value and therefore would be the highest point on the arc of the line. This point is referred to the mean.

The important things to note about a normal distribution is the curve is concentrated in the center and decreases on either side. The bell curve signifies that the data is symmetrical and thus we can create reasonable expectations as to the possibility that an outcome will lie within a range to the left or right of the center, once we can measure the amount of deviation contained in the data .

The following figure reveals the normal distribution curve for the information provided in the article California’s school suspensions show racial disparity.

Raccelerate Explanation Diagram REV2

The normal distribution curve reveals that the average rate for suspensions was 1.5%. This equates to 50% of the schools had a suspension rate of 1.5%. At the +1 standard deviation the suspension rate was 4.4%. This equates to 34.13% of the schools had a suspension rate from 1.5% to 4.4%. At the +2 standard deviation the suspension rate was 7.2%. This equates to 13.59% of the schools had a suspension rate from 4.4% to 7.2%%. At the +3 standard deviation the suspension rate was 10%. This equates to 2.14% of the schools had a suspension rate from 7.2% to 10% which also exceeded the national out of school suspension rate.

These schools would have benefited from using the Raccelerate Formula. The Raccelerate Formula is designed to prevent the perception of racism. For the California schools that were at 1.5% they would have received a slight rating. This means that the perception of racism in schools is slight. For those schools that were between 4.4% and 7.2% they would have received a 2 rating which is equivalent to moderate. This moderate rating means that the school or educator is now on the fence of being perceived as racist. For the schools that were above 7.2%, the perception of racism goes from high to extreme. The Raccelerate Formula will help educators to reflect on their practice before any allegations of racism are formally made.

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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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