How can confronting teacher racist attitudes eliminate racism in education?

In a recent article, an Australian researcher proposes that confronting racist teacher attitudes will eliminate racism in education. When people are confronted, they may feel like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Transforming teacher attitudes in the area of classroom disruptions is one effective process for eliminating racism in education.

According to the article, Racism Plays Major Role in Poor Outcomes of Aboriginal People: study, racism has an impact on academic achievement and school attendance. However, low academic achievement and school attendance are not only a product of racism in education, it is a product of the external environment that Aboriginal people continue to encounter. Black and Aboriginal children continue to face the same challenges associated with racism in education. In a study conducted by Dr. Campbell it was found that racism in education has an impact on academic achievement and school attendance for Black students too.

What is a classroom activity that is a major contributor to low academic achievement and low school attendance which results in racism in education?

The classroom activity that contributes to low academic achievement and low school attendance is classroom disruptions. One teacher described classroom disruptions as an act related to student behavior. This teacher stated:

Someone who gets up and walks around the room, and you have to tell them to sit            down. Somebody who is constantly talking about something other than what they are supposed to be doing and bothering another student. Or somebody who is just                  sitting there and just looking around the room, and they are not really doing   anything. They are disrupting themselves.

If this student was Black then this teacher may benefit from the research regarding Black student classroom behavior. Before Black students begin a task, they may look over the assignment in its entirety, rearrange their posture, and writing space, ask the teacher to repeat the directions, check the perception of other neighboring students, and check pencils and paper. For Black students, these are necessary classroom behaviors while teachers may perceive that the students are inattentive, disruptive, or not prepared, or attempting to avoid completing the task.

Most classroom disruptions result from talking. Black students have classroom talking behaviors that result from interest in the instructional process. Black students are inclined to talk back when motivated by what a teacher says. Black students may become so impressed with the speaker, such as a teacher, that the students want to hear what the teacher said again due to an interest not in what was said but how it was said. Many Black students want to create the appropriate mood and setting before beginning to work on a task by asking the teacher to repeat the directions. Black students want gratification for classroom efforts. Blacks will argue for recognition of unsuccessful efforts toward completing a task. Many teachers do not expect Black students to interrupt the class by talking to their neighbors and speak without raising their hands. Educators assume quiet students are successful and receive rewards for making teaching an easier task.

Teachers respond to students talking in the classroom without permission by ordering, reprimanding, involving students in work, and naming the student. Some teachers may exhibit unprofessional behavior when students talk in the classroom without permission. When a teacher yells, uses harsh words, shames, degrades, or embarrasses a student, such behavior influences all students. Hispanics students agreed educators such as teachers should be indirect rather than direct and frank as well as respectful rather than disrespectful when reprimanding or disciplining Hispanic students.

How do students respond to the consequences of classroom disruptions that can result in racism in education?

When teachers are unsuccessful in getting students to comply with classroom management strategies that avoid classroom disruptions, teachers submit a discipline referral. Normally, the referral is sent to the assistant principal. The assistant principal evaluates the discipline referral and assigns the student a consequence. In this particular school the normal assignment for classroom disruptions was in-school suspension. When the students in-school suspension assignments increased, student absences increased. Increased absences resulted in decreased grades and an increased number of incidents. When student grades decreased, student tardiness increased.

Confronting teachers regarding racist attitudes is counterproductive to the mission of education. It will cause teachers to become defensive and exhibit characteristics associated with a dysfunctional organization. Eliminating racism in education should begin with reducing classroom disruptions by promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (Properateasclaships).

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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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