How to improve school discipline?

In New York City efforts to improve alleged racist school discipline appears to have failed miserably. The Obama administration along with New York City Mayor de Blasio supplanted additional measures to help schools. School discipline improves when teachers are empowered to transition the culture of the school rather than the top down approach which always ends in failure.

According to the article, Report: Obama’s fight against allegedly racist school discipline has been a total disaster in NYC, a recent study, School Discipline Reform and Disorder: Evidence from New York City Public Schools, 2012–16, by the Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Max Eden, claims that school discipline reform policies instituted by de Blasio have led to more “violence, drug and alcohol use, and gang activity. Specifically, teachers report less order and discipline, and students report less mutual respect among their peers, as well as more violence, drug and alcohol use, and gang activity. There was also a significant differential racial impact: non-elementary schools where more than 90% of students were minorities experienced the worst shift in school climate under the de Blasio reform.”

Mayor de Blasio elected to require principals to seek written permission to suspend students. He also “introduced a $1.2 million initiative to train staff from 100 NYC schools in restorative justice and the School Climate Leadership Team to evaluate and report on the progress of his discipline reforms and their impact on school climate”, according to Eden.

The problem with the plan to eliminate school discipline is that it does not empower the frontline persons such as the teachers. The decision is paramount to a power over decision for which many politicians make their decisions. They made this decision because their basic belief is that the educators are to lazy or unwilling to improve school discipline. Therefore they emphasize tight controls, threats, and punishment.

One example of this leadership usage was the threat to public schools through a ‘Dear Colleague” letter. “In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, advising districts that if their school discipline policy ‘is neutral on its face—meaning that the policy itself does not mention race—and is administered in an evenhanded manner but has a disparate impact, i.e., a disproportionate and unjustified effect on students of a particular race,’ they could become the subject of a federal civil rights investigation for unlawful discrimination.”

In response to the letter regarding school discipline, twenty-seven states revised their laws which caused school suspension rates to plummet. In New York City, there were 53,504 suspensions during the 2013–14 school year. During the 2015–16 school year, that number had fallen to 37,647, a decline of more than 29 percent. However, this decrease was not without casualties.

For example, minority high school students were impacted by the new school discipline regulations. Since 2013, the reading scores for minority students have plummeted from a passing rate of 71.2% to a rate of 60.2%. Furthermore, since 2013 the math scores for minority students have plummeted from a passing rate of 67.4% to a rate of 49.9%.

There are two positive alternatives for reducing school discipline which empowers teachers. The first alternative is using The Raccelerate Formula. The Raccelerate Racism Formula provides schools and teachers a formula for determining possible racism against students in their school or school district without teachers becoming offended. It allows teachers and administrators to reflect on their practice and make the decisions on what types of school discipline are the most important to process.

The second alternative is to Promote Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships. Having positive and caring relationships in schools increases resilience and protects children from academic failure, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, and destructive behavior and violence. Positive relationships between teachers and students motivate students to meet teachers’ requests for compliance which is the original intent for implementing school discipline strategies.

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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


“Dr. Campbell did his part and now all we have to do is run with it.”
~ Tom Coleman ~
Woodstown-Pilesgrove Public Schools Superintendent of Schools


“The model that you use to analyze teacher-student relationships is a good one for most school districts”.

~ Joe Vas ~ Perth Amboy Mayor

“Dr. Campbell’s Cultural Relationship Training Program is comprehensive, informative, and should be required training for all schools”

~ Darrell Pope ~ Hutchinson Kansas NAACP President










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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