How can Schools eliminate the school discipline racism label?

In a recent article, the challenges with school discipline continues to polarize our communities, scholars, and educators. According to Mortimer Adler, “True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.” Overcoming the challenges associated with school discipline will ultimately fail without empowering teachers to facilitate a process that benefits all students.

According to the article, The debates of school discipline, there exist two schools of thought that polarize the school discipline challenge. Max Eden contends that the middle of the road is an approach that is best for addressing challenges associated with school discipline. “History shows time and time again that it’s always possible to go too far when trying to solve a social problems. If we believe that the disparities are due to tractable racial bias and sub-optimal classroom management strategies, then a professional development initiative coupled with a more intentional disciplinary culture would do a great deal of good.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Hailly Korman states that “there is no such thing as going to far”. She surmised that suspension and expulsion rates far exceed school violence. Suspending or expelling disruptive students does not lead to increased school safety, better academic outcomes, or improved school climate. ” According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a rigid practice of punitive school removals has, in fact, the opposite effect.

In one corner, an emphasis is placed on staying in the middle of the road while on the other hand the emphasis is on extremism. The suggested strategies for transformation are either outdated or lack depth.

The school discipline challenge is a product of a dysfunctional relationship between teachers and students. The primary focal point of teaching is simple – it is the relationship between a teacher and a group of kids. Any educational reform initiatives such as improving school discipline is bound to fail if the importance of teacher-student classroom relationships is neglected. Dysfunctional relationships begin with the values that we develop to ensure that we do not suffer from circumstances that upset, embarrass, or threaten the individual.

From a historical perspective, Blacks feel threatened due to cultural racism. Cultural racism results from the dominant or more powerful group defining cultural values and value characteristics. Anti-Black prejudice in America has historical roots in slavery, carpetbagging, and the failure to reconstruct the South after the Civil War. The army set the stage for labeling Blacks as inferior by using the Alpha and Beta test that contained a number of visual information processing tasks that Blacks are not proficient at.

This lead some minorities to believe they cannot trust White institutions. As a result, adolescents may develop oppositional social identities that are contrary to the social expectations of mainstream society when they experience racism and respond with anger and rebellion. Black students have become convinced that White teachers are racist and prejudiced  and reject White teachers’ authority due to their experience with racism.

Since teachers are hired to educate all children this projected attitude can threaten the quality of life for many teachers. Many teachers respond by altering their expectations of Black students. Teachers are more likely to have negative academic and behavioral expectations regarding Black students when compared to expectations of White students. White teachers have more negative attitudes toward Black children and rate Black students more negatively when compared to White students.

This protection of quality of life also impacts European American teachers. European American teachers favor other students rather than Black students. European Americans have favorable attitudes toward Mexican Americans when compared to Blacks and are more likely to accept Mexican Americans when compared to Blacks due to Mexican Americans having a closer skin color to European Americans.

Overcoming the challenges associated with school discipline will require schools to take an alternative approach. There is only one transitional model that will improve relationships between teachers and students. Schools should use both the Raccelerate Formula and the Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships transitional model created by Dr. Campbell.

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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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