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Posted on 03/25/2014 5:24:45 AM PDT by SJackson
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White Teachers Thought They Were the Solution
Posted By Colin Flaherty On March 25, 2014 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments
But these same elected officials are now asking the one question that teachers never thought they would hear: Why are you so racist?
The question was posed last week following a Department of Education study about the educational and disciplinary differences between white and black students. “This critical report shows that racial disparities in school discipline policies are not only well-documented among older students, but actually begin during preschool,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “This Administration is moving aggressively to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline in order to ensure that all of our young people have equal educational opportunities.”
The Department of Education has held since 2009 that any disparity in discipline or education achievement between white and black students is the result of racial discrimination. The President often refers to this racial disparity.
But heres the catch: Most teachers are white, female, liberal and supporters of President Obama. They thought they were the solution. Turns out they were the problem.
Glenn Singleton is one of the people in charge of solving the problem of racial disparity. In hundreds of school districts around the country, his company has been hired to show this cohort of young, white, liberal and female teachers how they are racist; how their racism is responsible for the achievement gap; and how they have to admit their own racism in a series of Courageous Conversations if they ever want to be successful educating black students.
Or if they want to keep their jobs.
To his credit, Singleton is not shy about identifying the problems or solutions: Racism plays a primary role in the struggle of black students to achieve at higher levels, he says.
And for all the well-meaning folks who insist on explaining racial differences in education with all the usual socio-economic factors — such as income, family structure, school finance, class size, black culture and on and on and on — Singleton has a message: Get real.
We have found this kind of blaming to be insufficient at best and destructive at worst when trying to address racial achievement disparity, he said in his best-selling book Courageous Conversations. The racial achievement gap exists and persists because fundamentally, schools are not designed to educate people of color.
There are 300 more pages of that. And dozens of others who write similar books about similar ways to eliminate white racism as the cause of black disparity. These books act as manuals for consultants in hundreds of school districts across the country.
In Washington, D.C. in December, an official of a teachers union tried to explain to a national gathering of black elected officials why white teachers are so problematic for black students:
We cant just give them six weeks of training and think they are able to educate our children, said Marietta English, president of the Baltimore teachers union and vice president of the American Federation of Teachers. Theres a lot of cultural differences that they dont understand. If you dont grow up in the neighborhood, you dont understand it when we say WASSUP. They dont understand that.
Singleton says that white teachers have a hard time reaching black students because black people talk about racial matters daily, if only among themselves. But white people are conditioned not to do that.
When Eric Holder became Attorney General in 2009, he famously said that Americans were cowards about race. Many people did not really know what he meant. But Glenn Singleton did: White people have to be courageous enough to admit how much their racism has ruined black people by giving them an inferior education.
Thus the title of his book: Courageous Conversations.
Some white teachers have a different point of view: They see black school officials ignoring black violence and lawlessness in schools because they do not want to criminalize students. Trayvon Martin is the most famous example of that.
Trayvon was caught with stolen goods and burglary tools but was never arrested because of that policy. In South Philadelphia High School, black students harassed, assaulted and tortured Asian students every day for years. The black principal said they did not alert police because they did not want to criminalize the students.
For all the talk about the so-called disparity in punishment black students receive in school, no one was talking about the victims. The students who could not learn. The students who suffered the assaults. And the teachers from schools all over the country who every day try to create order out of constant chaos. Sometimes at risk to their own safety.
Including this teacher who recently decided to call it quits:
I am a white teacher working in an almost exclusively black middle school. In May of 2012, I left my classroom in an ambulance after two fighting students ran around the room at full speed and plowed into me, knocking me to the ground.
I sustained permanent back injuries and had a knee operation. This year, instead of remedial reading classes (I am a reading teacher), I was assigned full classes. From mid-September, I have been subjected to almost daily race baiting, racial and sexual taunts, threats, and attacks.
Students chase me and each other around the room with table legs, threaten to kill my three ugly little niggers, follow me to my car in groups shouting racial epithets and get in a white school, bitch. Requests to sit in a seat are met with, Oh, its cause Im black or Why you hate black people? I often hear, Imma gonna slap this white bitch, etc.
On Oct 30, a 7th grade girl with a history of incidents against me had just returned from suspension (she had sprayed me in the face with perfume after telling me that I smell like old white pussy) and got angry when I changed her seat.
She said, Oh, this damn bitch is all up in my face startin her shit. Imma gonna kick her fuckin white ass. She then got up and gave a long racially charged diatribe about how she can do whatever I want to the white bitch and the school cant do nothin. Its just a damn school and Im about to kick this bitchs white ass cuz I am DONE with the damn bitch.
She ended her rant by shoving past me and shoving me to the floor.
Incidents such as these are written off as poor instruction or poor planning. When I discussed this situation with my (Black) principal, she said, I doubt they even know you are white. She also said, I have to wonder of you are able to really ENGAGE the young people to they LIKE the work you give? (sic)
Many teacher beat-downs at the hands of black students are caught on video: Heres one from Upper Darby from October: More than 70 black students were fighting and when the teacher tried to break it up, the students turned on him.
Frederick Douglass high school in Rochester is the scene of regular and large scale black mob violence. The latest came last week, when five black students were arrested after being part of a large fight on campus.
Regular and frequent black mob violence in schools is documented in White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It, as well as at the popular video site WorldStarHipHop.com. Many examples are gathered at WhiteGirlBleedalot.com.
That does not mean much to the president of the Chicago teachers union. She says any problems with student learning are due to racism. When, she asks, will we address the fact that rich white people think they know whats best for children of African American or Latinos, no matter what the parents income or education level?
The secret of disproportionate levels of black violence in schools is no secret. It is the subject of frequent stories at black web sites including the TheGrio.com, Huffpo Black Voices, The Root.com, Ebony, Jet and others.
Glenn Singleton is way past trying to deny it. But he does explain it:
White educators are prone to wondering why black and brown boys are prone to fighting in school, he writes. They question why violence is taught in homes of color. Missing from this analysis however is how these boys might be affected by growing up in a White-governed country which threatens young men of color at will, distrusts their ability to succeed and follow the law, and allows daily racial stress to mount in neighborhoods, schools and classrooms.
With the release of the recent Justice Department report, it is not missing any more.
The continuing saga of the dividing of America.
It’s the same with the child abuse cases. When I complain to the judge about the the lack of everything in the home, the mother rolls her eyes and acts like I am reciting white requirements for a home as opposed to human requirements for a home.
The racial achievement gap exists and persists because fundamentally, schools are not designed to educate people of color.
What they want is for Planet Earth and everyone on it to bend over and spread ‘em for Black people.
Sorry, Charlie, the world doesn’t work that way.
The kids don’t want to work, the kids don’t want to study, the kids don’t want to learn - hey, plenty of jobs available at McDonald’s and Burger King.
And, personally, I am thoroughly sick and utterly tired of Black people whining for extra privileges and a free ride.
Why it is amusing to see libs eating their own, that statement basically summarizes why there is and will always be a ghetto in US cities.
I just love these satire articles.
“Take up the White Man’s burden —
Ye dare not stoop to less —
Nor call too loud on freedom
To cloak your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your Gods and you.”
Different times and places. But the same problem.
They are implementing a re-segregation policy as fast as they can...and dooming themselves to social and financial poverty in their own private hell.
Some will escape and join the civilized world, but the rest will sink into a drug infested oblivion.
D@mn shame, but it's a personal choice.
The problem is that we can’t isolate liberals, their policies, and the consequences of those policies to the liberals who want to impose them on people.
They always have to involve the rest of us that want nothing to do with those policies because we see so easily what failures they are.
Take up the White Man’s burden—
The savage wars of peace—
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.
Partly correct-urban areas are even now working on ways to implement “regionalism” in which suburban areas must pay into a general pot which is then divided “evenly”, to the districts, including the majority-minority which have hardly contributed one red cent to it. I believe that Minneapolis is one of the testing grounds for this plan. This is just one more part of Hussein’s “redistribution” agenda, from whites pulling the wagon to blacks riding in it. He cares not a jot that before long, there won’t be enough whites to pull the wagon and we will all come to a stop.
The only gap is the ambition gap.
I don’t think with Obama and his ilk that it’s so much about lifting up the people on the receiving end of redistribution as it is whacking the crap out of those on the confiscation end.
Look at Obamacare - more people who had insurance lost it than those they were intending to insure who didn’t have it.
We are doomed. There is no way out of the mind-screw and illogic.
Inner city schools have been ruined by 40 years of Dem politicians and 40 years of Dem school boards who are the real racists. And now we can blame the white teachers. This is too rich.
The problem with schools in America is that resume padding, know nothing Administrators who only stick around for two years, max, and never have to face the fruit of their labors, continually come up with plans designed to give the impression of “progress”. They coddle protected class offenders and punish teachers who rightly try to impose discipline, and teaching standards like right and wrong. They’ve saddled teachers with so much work that they can’t actually teach any more. It’s a disaster and it’s only getting worse, because the ones who are capable and care are the ones who are closest to heading out the door.
Gee, the schools in Burlington, VT and Portland, OR aren't so bad - Democratic as they come.
Are you sure it's the political party that's making the difference?
One would hope that the white lefty idealists who have their heads kicked in or get raped would at least learn a hard-earned lesson, but it rarely seems to work out that way. Oh, they move to a “safer” (majority white) school, the hipsters practice white flight when that first baby is on the way, but they will dance around the real issue like a ballerina.
The crocodile turned on you last, but turn on you, it did.
You can’t make the parents care about their kids.
Especially when the kids are seen as a means to the end of receiving a check from the govt and not having to work.
The actual kids themselves are a nuisance to be put up with for the sake of the check.
Like that Beverly Hall (awarded “Superintendent Of The Year”) who presided over Atlanta’s cheating scandal, and then resigned. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if she’s been rehired elsewhere.
I have become what they fear, solely because of their actions.
I don’t know why this obvious point is repeatedly overlooked by conservatives-we’re supposed to be the ones on the side of truth, let the chips fall where they may.
” hey, plenty of jobs available at McDonalds and Burger King.”
The only people working there are immigrants struggling to get ahead.
If you mean a racial realist, I have long been one-many hours of studying statistics opened my eyes in a way that the whitewashd anecdotal crime in the MSM never could have.
We kicked God out of schools and plugged our children into satans airwaves instead of the Bible
Now we reap what we sowed
Good thing we finally have a black president that can fix this mess.
I’m thinking of the multitudes of administrators and assistant principles like the one in a town near me. Incompetent friend of an incompetent principle who absolutely can not be touched. Try objecting with reason and logic to a new program and you find yourself saddled with extra work, or guarding a bathroom somewhere at a time which is most difficult for you. Oh yeah, and the Superintendent is now retired from that town and working as Superintendent for another nearby town.
This racial dividing is so tiresome. I don’t care what anyone does (blacks, browns, whites, asians...)...as long as I don’t have to pay for it or it’s consequences. Treat everyone nthe same. If the kids are unteachable, put them in “special” schools. If older “kids” break laws, jail them.
Well, I can only hope that he’s working in majority-black schools, where he can’t do too much more harm anyway and the parents will suppport him as long as he’s black.
Public schools are child abuse.
In a word, blacks are in denial.
No accountability, no responsibility, it’s all whitey’s fault because you’re inherently racist and can’t relate to ebonics and a “culture” of ignorance.
Indeed - while many factors may contribute one major factor is always excused away or purposely overlooked. Too many conservatives run away from this.
They have given these schools everything they said was needed to increase performance, black teachers, principals, school boards, etc. They twisted a formerly working institution into a menagerie of violence, ignorance, and excuses. They refuse to take any responsibility or even acknowledge the community culture might be the problem. Order, Discipline, and high expectations are the only things that have been PROVEN to work in these school systems.
“How Evil Works”
People PREFER to be lied to. They’d rather hear “it’s not your fault” than “get off your butt”.
“You cant make the parents care about their kids.”
Which is why every “couple” who produce a child that goes on welfare should be sterilized—white and black alike.
Well, maybe we could be generous and give them a year -
year’s up - choose: Stay on welfare and be sterilized, support yourself and maintain your ability to reproduce.
” Theres a lot of cultural differences that they dont understand ...”
Bad grammar on the part of this education professional.
Should be “Thee ARE a lot of cultural differences ....
A race-relations realist. I like it.
And I was lucky; the district where I taught was rural and in the south, so the gang influence was negligible. Still, the environment was horrible; every child qualified for the “supplemental nutrition program,” so classes stopped every morning at 8:45 for breakfast, and we were instructed to get everyone to the cafeteria for lunch and the after school snack as well, because much of our federal funding was tied to participation in the nutrition programs.
Inside the classroom, many of the kids had major discipline issues, for various reasons. Most were well below grade level in math and reading. I was a history teacher, but spent a lot of time tutoring math; sadly, most of my students had not yet mastered three column addition and subtraction, so there was no way they could handle the expected math curriculum for seventh graders (pre-algebra). We spent our spring semester each year prepping for the state achievement test, in the vain hope we could get enough of our kids to achieve a passing score (fat chance; when I left, the district was placed under state control).
Learning begins with discipline, both individually and in the group. And that's what is (largely) missing from today's schools in America. In fact, the very modest attempts to impose order and structure are demagogued as being racist. Idiots like Glenn Singleton, enabled by Barack Obama and Eric Holder, are being enabled to complete the destruction of our schools. You couldn't pay me enough to teach in an urban district today, and 10 years from now, the schools won't exist, or they will be run like prisons--there won't be any other solution.
Of course, there are exceptions. Parochial schools in the same neighborhoods are models of excellence and discipline, largely because parents are involved, and some work two or three jobs to pay their child's tuition. In public schools, the parents (in my experience) were just as bad or worse than the kids. Our slowest day of the year was the "Parent-Teacher Conference." I had six sections of seventh grade social studies (average 30 students per class). I could count on one hand the number of parents who would actually show up to discuss their child's achievement (or lack thereof)
The real victims in all of this were the few parents and children who expected the school to provide an education. I remember one young girl (African-American) who made straight As because (a) she wanted to learn, and (b) her parents demanded it. Her father was an HVAC repairman who worked long hours but always attended every parent-teacher conference.
During one meeting, he lamented the fact that his kids were being held back by the "criminals and thugs" (his words, not mine). "What do I do?" He asked. He couldn't afford private school and home schooling was out of the question, since both he and his wife worked long hours each day. So, his son and daughter were trapped in badly failing schools.
I left the classroom ten years ago, but I think about that young woman from time to time. Both she and her family deserved better and I hope she somehow survived the system.
This much I know: until discipline is restored in our schools, nothing will be accomplished. Two-thirds of all serious disciplinary problems are committed by just six percent of the students. We know who they are, and the system has tools to handle them, including indefinite suspension and expulsion. But most principals, superintendents and school boards were too afraid to use them BEFORE Obama's little initiative on "fairness" in school discipline. Getting rid of that policy should be the first education executive order signed by the next Republican president.
Atlanta Cheating scandal:
Ain’t no Leghorn chickens in the flock.
Black kids don't deserve an education?
It has NEVER been proven, because it cannot be proven, that universal compulsory academic education to age 18 can work.
You can have all the high expectations you want, but when you populate an Algebra II or English Lit class at the high school level with a group whose IQs range from 70-95, with a MEDIAN of 83-85, you have a formula for failure.
What form the failure takes varies by gender, and by the formulae used for order and for discipline. However, a very substantial fraction of the males held against their will in these urban "school" systems cannot be disciplined even in State Prison, so I am skeptical that better teachers or less powerful teacher unions can do the trick.
Face the truth. The experiment is a failure.
So...not knowing the city-fied meaning of “WASSUP” prevents white teachers from properly teaching minority students....hmmmmmm
Please provide a brief description of a plan to do this.