How can teachers reduce the rise in racist abuse suspensions?

The  election of the new United States president is not the sole purpose for the rise in racist abuse suspensions. Not only is there and increase in the United States, but the United Kingdom is suffering the same challenges. A classroom management technique that empowers students is the key to eliminating the rise in racist abuse suspensions.

In a recent article, Rise in primary school pupils suspended for racist abuse, the number of primary school pupils suspended for racist abuse has risen by almost thirty-three percent. The United Kingdom Department for Education statistics reveal that 430 children between the ages of five and eleven were given fixed period or permanent exclusions from their schools in the 2014-15 academic year because of racist behavior.

That is 110 more than in the 2009-10 academic year, when 320 pupils were suspended for the same reason. Surprisingly, the number of primary school pupils suspended for drug and alcohol abuse fell by 20% in the same period, from 50 to 40. The number of pupils suspended for sexual misconduct also fell slightly, by 4%, from 250 to 240 too.

According to the article, the primary reason for the increase is the teachers. A source from the United Kingdom Department of Education replied that the numbers only showed that teachers were reporting more racist incidents, not necessarily that there had been more incidents.

Teachers reporting more racist incidents can become problematic of several fronts. The first challenge is the impact on the student. Teachers are more likely to respond to racist abuse student behaviors by using negative criticism, embarrassment, and humiliation which are the most frequent acts that damage teacher-student relationships. The final stage is to recommend the student for the discipline process. Dr. Campbell recently found that students who are disciplined are less likely to attend school or decide to be late for school. This will have a direct impact on student achievement. Students and teachers who are warm, compassionate, and friendly toward one another in the classroom have the potential to improve instruction and learning.

Teachers must understand that students at this age are a product of their home culture. Student academic achievement decreases when the difference between the student’s culture and the school culture increases and the classroom environment does not value the student’s home culture.

One primary factor that controls a student’s home culture is the development of rules that all family members must follow. For example, in the White culture employees and employers believe maintaining eye contact communicates trustworthiness, masculinity, sincerity, and directedness. These same behaviors are taught to White children by their parents. In their home culture it is established that rules are made to be followed by those in the home. Teachers can use this process as an opportunity to decrease the number of suspensions associated with racist abuse suspensions.

This same process was used by a teacher when Dr. Campbell implemented his Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships transitional process. During this process, a teacher came to me and stated, “Mr. Campbell, I am having so many problems with my sixth-period class, and I do not know what to do.” I responded by saying, “Have you tried developing rules and consequences with student input?” After further discussion, she said, “I am going to try it.” A week later, she told me, “That process worked so well with my sixth-period class that I am going to use it with all of my classes.

Teachers who desire to eliminate the rise in racist abuse suspensions should:

1)      Divide the students in cooperative learning groups of four

2)      Have each group recommend consequences for each racist violation

3)      Have the each group report their recommendations to the entire class

4)      Have the group come to a consensus for rule violations

5)      Submit a copy of these rules to the principal and the parents of the students

Using this process will ensure that teachers empower students to take control of and responsibility for their behaviors associated with racist abuse suspensions.

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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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