How can a superintendent implement zero tolerance racism?

The same racially insensitive tactics that shaped the future of American politics has created the need to implement zero tolerance racism at the school board level. School board members across the nation have prided themselves at hurling racist comments and gestures. Zero tolerance racism can only be accomplished through a process that ensures that all school board members work together as a team with a common vision for the community and children that they have been elected to serve.

According to the article King: America’s school must have zero tolerance for racism, a local Buffalo, a Buffalo New York school board member has been asked to resign by a 6 to 2 vote for racially insensitive outburst. Carl Paladino was co-chair of Donald Trump’s New York campaign for president. He recently compared first Lady Michelle Obama to a gorilla and stated that he hoped she would be “let lose in the outback of Zimbabwe” to join the other gorillas.

Paladino is not alone with this racially insensitive behavior. For example, Michelle Obama has become the target of many racist gestures. In Kansas, Vermont, Texas, and Arkansas school representatives have called her the “First Chimp”. A Virginia school board member was also caught making racist comments about her.

Finally, an Arkansas school board member [was] seen wearing blackface photos that surfaced on social media. The Blevins School Board member, Ted Bonner, could be seen in a picture posted on Facebook wearing overalls, a straw hat and a grin with missing front teeth while displaying the misspelled sign. School administrators in Blevins, a town of around 300 people, have noted they do not have the power to remove Bonner from his elected office.

School administrators do not have the power to remove an elected official for voicing their opinion publicly. Administrators have to keep in mind that the elected official represents the public who voted for them. The conclusion is that their racist opinion must represent the opinion of their constituents.

The reality is that we all have differences in opinions as well as school board members who are elected to control and oversee the school district. School superintendents must take this same compassion and redirect it for the benefit of all students.

How can school superintendents safely implement a zero racism tolerance with school board members?

School superintendents must first consider the power relationship between a school board. The school superintendent reports to the school board and implements the mission, goals, and strategic plan developed an voted on by the school board. This is where the school superintendent must begin.

The first step is to work with the school board by developing a shared vision for all children in the school district. The mistake that most people make is that they do not begin this process with Personal Mastery. Dr. Campbell uses Personal Mastery to ensure that the Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom relationships Projects are not derailed by those who have opposite perspectives.

Personal Mastery, first developed by Peter Senge, enables individuals with differences of opinions to learn to grow an organization as a team. Personal Mastery will help school board members and school administrators to clarify what is important to the students and to see the current reality of the school district more clearly. Organizations with high levels of Personal Mastery have a sense of purpose, are in a continual mode of learning, are aware of their ignorance, their incompetence, and therefore the opportunity to grow becomes more prominent.

It is clear that many of the racist attacks that have surfaced after the election of the president is a need for persons with a racist perspectives to grow. Many communities will seek to placate the resurgence of racism in schools through zero tolerance polices. Rather than zero tolerance policies, it is better to harness that energy to the benefit of children no matter what color, race, nationality, religion, or gender specification by using Personal Mastery.

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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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