Tips for Teachers When Black Children Ask Questions about Racism

The first tip for teachers is to understand the parent perspective. Whether the parent is from an affluent or impoverished background both parents are going to want a teacher that provides the best education possible. Black parents know that attaining a higher quality of life can be rewarding and a struggle at times. Most parents want their children to be treated equally. You will find that parents who complain about school or classroom discipline do not complain about the consequence itself but whether the teacher delves out consequences that are fair and consistent. Parents want their children to have a fair shake at attaining higher quality of life.

The second tip for teachers is to understand the student perspective. Some Black student believe that rules in the schools strip of their identity as a Black person. They believe this because many of the behaviors that are acceptable at home are not acceptable in school. For example, in many Black families, the adult and children share the same level of sharing knowledge. However, in the classroom the teacher is the knowledge broker. Some children look at society and determine that the likelihood of them having success is very small because of racism. Many of them believe that teachers are the cause of the racism due to the unequal delving of disciplinary consequences in the school to name a few.

Teachers need to consider two main factors that influence the world of our children. The first factor is what they see on TV. The second factor is the influence of some video games. The images on TV paint a picture that is detrimental to the psyche of Black children. These images teach Black children that their eventual end is death by a gun from either another Black child or police officer. So the Black children develop defensive mechanisms. They play those defensive mechanisms out via video games which normally results in either in killing or destruction of property.

The third tip for teachers is to understand the school perspective. The perspective of the school is that we are commissioned to educate children both socially and academically. The academic commission includes a set of academic requirements that children must meet in order to successfully complete to transition to higher grade levels. The social commission requires that school officials establish a set of rules for managing a culture where education can take place. Because of those rules, teachers are required to establish rules that effectively enable them to manage their classroom.

The fourth tip for teachers is to understand their individual perspective. Managing your classroom will require that you understand your perspective when it comes to racism. You can accomplish this by evaluating your verbal and nonverbal behaviors. Do you expect for children to look you in your eye when you are talking to them? Do you expect for children to be completely still and quiet while you are teaching. Is it ok for a child to begin to speak when they think that before you have finished talking? To compete a full evaluation, you will need to determine your verbal and nonverbal expectations. Now you are ready to have that discussion about race with your students.

The fifth tip for teachers is to use the opportunity to talk to Black children about race as a teaching moment. Let’s take the recent event in like the Michael Brown shooting Ferguson Missouri. As those children return to class they are going to have questions about race. Some parents maybe so frustrated with the shooting that they may tell their children that all White people are racist. So the child comes to class and ask makes the following statement: My dad and mom said that White teachers hate Black kids. Everyone in classroom heard the statement and is waiting for your response. Some teachers are going to elect to ignore the statement. Some teachers are going to respond aggressively and refer the child for discipline. This is an opportunity to establish higher quality relationships with your children and turn it into a teaching moment. I would ask probing questions such as what makes your feel that way or how did you come up with that conclusion. In your probing questions do not interject your opinion or become angry with students who jump in and respond. The students are watching and evaluating your nonverbal behavior and if they see you turning red they will believe that they made you angry.

Lead the discussion to the importance of following the classroom rules and that you are there to make sure that they are implemented them fairly. Make sure that students understand that your first warning is the “The Look”. Many Black parents use “The Look” as a way warning their children before elevating to the next step. They next step is to let the students know what you verbal cue is. For example, if children are consistently talking during the lesson, ask them do they have something to share with the class. This becomes their second warning and let hem know that it is a warning. When you have a disciplinary process in place that is fair and consistent children will not equate you with an authority figure as some police officers who have shot a child and then became the subject alleged racism.


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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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