How should Boston Latin Academy teachers respond to allegations of racism?

In a recent article, Black students at the Boston Latin Academy have made accusations that the teachers facilitate a hostile environment which includes a culture of racism. No child should be subjected to an environment that fosters any type of hostility. Boston Latin Academy teachers can invalidate allegations of racism by utilizing that Raccelerate Racism System and promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.

According to the article, Students: Boston Latin School an ‘unsafe’ environment, Black students associated with the #BlackatBLS campaign have accused Boston Latin Academy administrators of racist policies that foster a hostile environment. Student Meggie Noel stated that “we are here … to demand that the BLS school administration publicly denounce this type of behavior and effectively address the issue in accordance with the school policy related to harassment, bullying and discrimination”.

Noel went on to say that “we know the names of the students who made the comments, the administrators also know their names, we see them every day in homeroom, in class, at lunch. The fact that our administration failed to publicly denounce this behavior or even say something to the students making the comments has created an unsafe and racially hostile learning environment for students of color at BLS.”

The allegations of racism from the Boston Latin Academy students will severely impact teacher-student classroom relationships. Since the administrators support the teachers in their academic and classroom management efforts, students will eventually see the teachers and administrators in the same light.

In what ways do teachers behave that are consistent with the Boston Latin Academy administrators? 

The Black students have indirectly proposed that Boston Latin Academy administrators discriminate. They also believe that many White teachers discriminate against students by stereotyping according to ethnicity. White teachers may have difficulty in understanding minorities due to the teachers’ rejection of the students’ lifestyles.

According to the Raccelerate Phenomenon, schools have a bias against students who do not share the same characteristics as White, female, middle-class teachers. These teachers are more likely to have negative academic and behavioral expectations regarding Black students when compared to the expectations of White students. This is the result of having negative attitudes toward Black children and rating Black students more negatively when compared to White students. Resulting in them rating Black male children as more deviant when compared to White children.

This type of rating system results in White teachers directing more criticism toward Black males and rating Black male children personalities more negatively when compared to White male children. Conclusively, White teachers perceive White students more positively when compared to Black students.

Boston Latin Academy Black students believe that White teachers show a heightened hostility towards brighter Black children. It becomes evident that European American dissent teachers favor other students rather than Black students. This will impact the relationships that White teachers have with Black children who are considered gifted and talented. White teachers interact with White gifted and non-gifted students more than with gifted and non-gifted Black students. This has become the primary complaint of Black students who attend the Boston Latin Academy.

The only way that White teachers can eliminate the perceptions that Black students have is to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships. The interpersonal relationship between students and teachers has a profound impact on instructional activities and outcomes. Teachers respond to their favorite students by:

  • Creating a warmer and more positive classroom atmosphere
  • Providing superior feedback on how they are performing
  • Teach challenging material
  • Increase opportunities to respond to questions

Warm relationships between teachers and students motivate students to meet teachers’ requests for compliance. Expressing warmth toward minority students without accompanying the friendliness with challenging academic standards is just as debilitating to students as expressing overt hostility. This feeling of overt hostility has become prominent at the Boston Latin Academy because teachers and administrators lack the appropriate process for promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.

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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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