Introduction Racial discrimination is a real problem in American schools where African American students are segregated and their rights violated in many ways. Racial discrimination is especially advanced in public schools where majority of the students are colored. In these institutions, the government has failed to offer credible support thus subjecting them to serious problems making the learning process close to impossible (Blank et al, p.108). The departments of justice and education have admitted that serious problems are experienced by school going children in most of the American schools. Positive policies on discipline are being put into measure as a way of reducing the cases of racial discrimination as it affects learning of students negatively and eventually leads to failure of the students.
It has come to my attention that other colored students are currently experiencing and receiving the same inadequate learning environment and educatio... ... middle of paper ... ...vironments then blacks. Minority students are being over represented in special education programs. As an African American, I will need to prepare myself for my future as an educator. When I become a teacher, I may encounter a student that has difficulties keeping up with his peers. I need to know whether this student is a slow learner or a victim of the achievement gap.
These Black American children now enter school with various language genres, patterns of behavior, motivations, attitudes, and expectations that are either unacknowledged or seen as developmentally deficit by their science teachers. If they are considered developmentally deficient, then teachers feel like the students must be remediated before science learning can begin (Figueroa & Garcia, 1994). This remediation usually includes helping Black American students “to become ‘successful’ in terms of a traditional white, male, heterosexual, and middle class conceptualization of success” (Powell, 1997, p. 14).In a long period, the black is considered as the representative of poverty and slow-witted. On average, Black American students understand the four basic mathematical operations, can compare
According to Sarah Sparks, a journalist, she found that “If you 're a boy of color in elementary school, your likelihood of being suspended or missing class rises significantly if you are assigned to a teacher of another race”(Sparks 1). Which means that Sarah Sparks found that when minority students are placed in a classroom with an instructor of a different race, they are more likely to be absent, suspended or expelled than students in other situations. That is very telling of how much tension exists in the learning environment, where white teachers are literally removing more minority students through suspension and the minority children are removing themselves from the environment through being absent. Which is extremely detrimental to the students’ academic success because the students are not able to be in the classroom actively learning and they often become so far behind in their school work, that it seems impossible to catch up. In the article "The Impact of Teacher Demographic Representation on Student Attendance and Suspensions", the authors, Stephan Holt and Seth Gershenson, say that “Students who are suspended from school early in their academic lives, particularly via out-of-school suspensions, show similar patterns of increased truancy and lower academic achievement (Holt, Gershenson 3).
Dr. Mubenga also underlines the theory that "the legacy of slavery and poverty has a negative impact on the African American’s mind. These strains are so strong that they are passed on through centuries to the younger generation" (Mubenga 9). Mubenga’s work unveiled the idea that the most prominent social disadvantage of African Americans can be seen in education and academic achievement. It demonstrated how the concentration of African Americans in historically poverty-stricken areas contributes to a failing educational system. In addition, Dr. Mubenga’s essay made known to me the idea that because African American students are disadvantaged in schools, they shift their priorities away from education.
Student Diversity Teachers are forced to deal with several different types of students every day, throughout their careers. Some children live in poverty, some have disabilities, some of different races and ethnicities that are all accumulated in one classroom. These children may be harassed by other children in the classroom because they are different from the majority of the other students. Teachers must recognize these problems and do everything in their power to make these students feel equal. Statistics show that more than one out of every five students in the U.S. live in poverty.
Tavernise sheds light on the most important question in our society today. Does family income affect our students’ ... ... middle of paper ... ... women and blacks, schools do not give equal right to these students because of cultural divides. Women and blacks are seen as second to the classic white males, therefore in schools teachers tend to slack off these students. Minorities are seen as the blue-collar pour workers, therefore society gives them a belief that they will never come out of their economic troubles. Inequality in schools starts with inequality in society.
It has observed that often Afro-Caribbean boys have the label ‘unruly’ and ‘disrespectful’ applied to them as Gillborn (199... ... middle of paper ... ...f educational success. I believe that this has a direct link to ‘Teacher labelling’ as Cecil Wright recognised that Afro-Caribbean pupils receive disproportionate amount of teachers’ negative attentions. Furthermore Wright argues that often black children are ridiculed, teased and harassed. This would definitely not make a child’s school experience a happy one if they never feel welcome or accepted and this can explain why often black children don’t always behave as well as they should if they are constantly taunted and made to feel inferior. African-Asian children however, especially females tend to do much better and it has been suggested that this is due to the fact that their culture emphasizes a respect and success through education and many have professional backgrounds, thus role models and material advantages.
We saw this in the 1960s; poor African Americans performed inadequately in school because they were culturally or linguistically deprived. Not only is race a determining factor in the social reproduction of inequality, but it is a combination of how facets of our identity intersect with changing values and norms of our society.
But homeschooling is often superior because it offers additional time for students to participate in various extracurricular activities and community service, allows for more individual attention, personal character development, and it offers less exposure to discrimination that is received in the public school environment. One might ask why some parents decide to home school their children rather than send them to public school to receive a traditional public education. In his article, “What Have We Learned About Homeschooling,” Eric Isenberg offers data which says, “Families choose to homeschool their children for both academic and religious reasons” (407). Even so, most people claim that public school offers the perfect environment for learning and developing. They argue Goss 2 that students who attend public school will be better prepared for a pu... ... middle of paper ... ...urnal of College Admission 208.8 (2010): 18-25.