Policies like suspension and expulsion have become the go to disciplinary action for children acting up in class. But why is it that when a child acts up the first thought is to put them out of school? In the article “A preview of Ending Zero Tolerance: The Crisis of absolute School Discipline” Derek Black talks about his book in which he tries to find the answer as to why children get kick out of school. Black stated that “once it became clear
Do you think black children are better off at a predominantly white school or a predominantly black school? Black children are facing different problems in the school system. Kids get in trouble all the time but it seems Black kids get in trouble more? It might be that the teachers may not know how to handle them. Hair for instance, is a problem some black girls are dealing with.
“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal” a quote by Aristotle. This quote means that even though we can try to make things unequal things equal it’ll be a difficult way to do so .There is inequality in the United States in regards to Racial Inequality, Education Inequality, and Gender Inequality. African American’s ability to live a fruitful life is negatively impacted by racism in regards to their education. It is observed that white teachers are known to label their black students as troublemakers. For black students who have a degree, their job isn’t guaranteed to them.
Furthermore, another question someone may ask is, “What makes Latinos different from African American students that also live in poor districts with little resources”? First of all, it is important to recognize that it is true that African American students also live in impoverished communities and attend lowly funded schools. However, the difference is that there is a language barrier that disadvantages both parents and students. When students are enrolled into school, the first question school officials ask is “What is the child’s first spoken language”? This question automatically categorizes that student.
In New York City the percentage of colored special education students is 67%. There wouldn’t be this problem if there wasn’t tracking in the first place. A few reasons there shouldn’t be tracking is that lower tracked students might not learn a lot. Also because some students could get misplaced class wise. Finally because in the separation of students that there is, it tends to show racism.
They aren’t born with racism in their blood. This affects me in so many ways. As a half black child, I’m still exposed by it from my peers. I get judged in school because I’m a darker then others. And its not only me in school, there are other races being prejudice toward one another.
Should students have the rights to be protected against unreasonable searches? As part of a system students, primarily students of color, have been targeted for searches during school, an institution teenagers are required to take. As a result of compulsory schooling, there has been an increase of incarceration of students of color due to practices implemented by schools. Practices such as the zero tolerance policy disproportionately affect students of color. Zero tolerance describes a strict and uncompromising form of administration that penalizes any forms of offenses.
The topic of zero tolerance rings a bell in the political world when it comes to racial injustice. Research shows that black students are 2.6 times as likely to be suspended as White students (Teske). This social injustice for students of color does not get any easier with zero tolerance polices. If anything, zero tolerance causes more racial discrimination and injustice. Along with the social injustice for the targeted group, there is also the social and political concern for the connection of zero tolerance and the rising number of adolescents in the Criminal Justice System, juvenile detention centers or even jail.
Did you know that studies found that many public schools today are as segregated as they were in the 1980’s. The thing is public schools think that if they put different types of students in mixed classes, give them sports, and have school events, then that’ll break the segregation within the schools. Unfortunately, what they do not understand is that the students segregate themselves in school, because of what they do outside of school. Although it may not gain parental approval, public schools need to implement after school programs that will unite students of different backgrounds. Public schools would help develop interpersonal communication skills among students if they provide one hour or more of extracurricular activities.
Paris provides a vivid understanding as to why students misbehave in the school house. Paris brings up the idea of performance of resistance. Performance of resistance views student misbehavior through a critical lens. The critical analysis performance of resistance behavior is in complete response to the negative gaze, the degrading treatment, and the hurtful assumptions many youth of color receive from pro-banking model teachers. This idea sheds light on one of the many frustrations teachers generally express when teaching students of color.
Further, time spent on unnecessary disciplinary action is time lost learning. This relates to the academic achievement gap in black students, just to demonstrate another instance in which blacks are yet again systematically disadvantaged in education (Gregory et al.
Some conflict can occur from these relationships, it just depends on which types of relationships are formed. “It is possible that interracial friendships are characterized by more conflict, especially for Black and Latino youth, because of different cultural attitudes about conflict within social relationships,” (McGill R, Way N, Hughes D, 2012, p. 732). Cultures are all different and each student does not know what each culture believes and practices. As a future teacher I plan on making my students more aware of the other cultures in the state and even in the local community. When I started my education courses I was asked to guess how many different languages are spoken in public school in Texas and the amount was huge.
Civil Rights in Education During the Civil Rights Movement, segregation affected African Americans the most. Segregation in school during this time was something that truly changes schools in the South. Schools shouldn’t have race restrictions. If schools only had a certain race in that school; the students wouldn’t learn different cultures. Once the students go out in the world, they’ll most likely be marked as “racist” due to the lack of diversity into their school.
If I were suddenly to start attending East St. Louis schools, however, the inequalities faced by my new peers would become much more apparent. Although race appears to be the source of these inequalities, it should be noted that other factors contribute as well. For instance, if a black child came from a high class family, he could afford to attend Morris High. Likewise, a white child from a low class family might only have the option of attending a school in East St. Louis. Through Kozol’s Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools, it can be observed that children like those at Morris High are taught about racial inequalities, but are not taught to recognize white privilege.
It’s unfortunate that even in today’s society that institutional racism is something that happens in the everyday life of many people, especially minorities such as African Americans and Hispanics. Koppelman (2014) defines institutional racism as “establish laws, customs, and practices that systematically reflect and produce racial inequities in American society” (Koppelman, 2014, p. 189). One example of where institutional racism is prevalent is in standardized testing in schools. There has always been a question of whether standardized testing, in particular the SAT’s, have been fair to minority students. Even though the SAT board feels that the test has been researched to include questions that give students from different races and