California classrooms are becoming more diverse, but the people leading them remain predominantly white and that’s a problem, so says a study by American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
It’s widely believed that students of color relate better to teachers of their own race, but there are too few teachers to fill this need. The AACTE data shows we have too many white kids enrolled in college and not enough minorities, especially when it comes to blacks. Without some sort of outreach or affirmative action to recruit black teachers the problems systemic in the black and Hispanic population, such as, poor attendance, high failure rates and in school violence will continue to grow.
Black students are being unfairly targeted for disciplinary actions because of our school system is out of touch.
A study in Los Angeles showed that more black students are being sent to the principals office for disciplining than all other races. For school administrators this could mean only one thing, a failure of the school system. And this is just another example of blacks being treated unfairly by white teachers who can’t relate to them or gain their respect. It has absolutely nothing to do with a cultural or home problem.
The AACTE study said. “An analysis of the National Center for Education Statistics (2012) data showed that students of color made up more than 45% of the K-12 population, whereas teachers of color made up only 17.5% of the educator workforce.” That’s the problem!
Now lets go to a second view:
“The teenage girl cranks up the radio, and hip-hop blasts from 92Q FM.
Her art teacher, trying to show students how to paint Japanese characters on umbrellas, asks the girl to turn down the music. Instead, the girl stands up and gets inches from Jolita Berry’s face. “You’re in my personal space,” Berry tells the 16-year-old. “You need to back up. If you hit me, I’m gonna defend myself.” The girl’s friend’s egg her on, shouting “Hit her, yo!”
Her heart pounding faster, Berry glances at the students as they call out for blood at Reginald F. Lewis High School in Northeast Baltimore.
The girl sucker punches Ms. Berry on the left side of her face, bursting a blood vessel below her eye. Then the girl knocks her to the floor, straddles her and punches her again and again. Students jump from their seats, cheering, and several open their cell phones to record the beating.
Footage of the beating surfaces online, prompting Berry to speak out against the violence that besets so many classrooms, against the physical and emotional abuse hundreds of teachers in Baltimore and thousands elsewhere suffer at the hands of their students.”
In this case and many other similar cases the problem was never about the educational system or the race of teachers, it was about out of control delinquents.