How to eliminate the perception of a racist school curriculum?

Educational specialist across the nation take on the painstaking process to ensure that there are no implications of racism involved in the school curriculum. This process that involves the consideration of teaching techniques and materials is taken for granted until the school becomes publicly humiliated by accusations of racism. Schools leaders can avert any perceptions of racism associated with the school curriculum by assessing and enhancing the hidden curriculum that permeates throughout the culture of the school.

According to the article, Racism continues to make its way into schools via curriculum-and we are all screwed because of it, there are several examples where textbooks contribute to a racist school curriculum. In 2015, McGraw-Hill printed geography textbooks that called the enslaved Africans in the U.S. “workers”? The caption in the ninth-grade textbook accompanies a map of the U.S. in a section about immigration. It read: “The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations. “This caption made it through several reviews and the State Board of Education and into the classrooms of 1,200 school districts in Texas before it caught the attention of a 15-year-old student who brought it to his mother’s attention. His outraged mother took to social media and was able to call attention to it. However, local lawmakers didn’t seem to think that this addition to the school curriculum created a major problem.

Thomas Ratliff, a Republican member of the state board, said the wording of the caption was not related to Texas’ school curriculum standards. “People have been looking for something to criticize and if you look for something hard enough, believe me you’ll find it. I think it was just worded improperly. I don’t think this is the tipping point for a whole bunch of other revelations.”

Another incident involved an Advanced Placement Government Exam. The question on the exam was:

One reason that minority groups are more likely to favor liberal policies is that they:

A) have highly developed political knowledge.

B) typically pay more in federal income taxes.

C) have benefited from federal social programs in the past.

D) have a greater distrust of government

E) usually belong to a high socioeconomic class

The two incidents cited as well as others that contribute to the perception of a racist school curriculum are readily seen and corrected. The bigger challenge is the racist school curriculum that is hidden.

What is a hidden school curriculum?

The hidden curriculum includes education behavior and attitudes, evaluation, institutional policies and the allocation of resources. In schools it is the day to day school curriculum operations that have a greater impact. For example, eye contact requirements can contribute to a hidden school curriculum that has implications of racism. Whites believe maintaining eye contact in face-to-face communication is most desirable and communicates trustworthiness, masculinity, sincerity, and directedness and conclude when Blacks fail to maintain eye contact that they have something to hide. Consequently, some Black parents teach their children that looking an adult in the eye is a sign of disrespect while White children learn to do the opposite.

When reprimanding Black children, they tend not to look at the teacher as a sign of respect which results in unwarranted discipline. This has become a discriminatory practice in many schools that possess a high population of historically undeserved students. It allows teachers to discriminate against students by implementing differential discipline.

Teachers with high percentages of Black students in their classroom are more likely to use an authoritarian classroom management approach which is another hidden school curriculum that has implications of racism. Teachers react to Black student learning experiences that are in opposition to traditional public schools by determining Blacks are incapable of following simple rules and therefore make rules that they deem intolerable. Educators justify these rules with the belief that historically underserved students want to be disciplined.

School leaders can eliminate the perception of racism associated with a school curriculum by evaluating the terminating symbols. For example, disproportionate discipline is a hidden school curriculum product. The school leader must conduct a thoroughly unbiased investigation of the factors that contribute to the disproportionate discipline. Afterwards, the school leader can make a informed decision as to how to correct the hidden school curriculum that contributes to the perception of racism.

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All the best,


Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology

The Raccelerate Phenomenon

Treasures of Hidden Racism in Education


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About Classroom Racism Management Specialist

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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