I have a sensitive topic I would like to address. Recently, I have been feeling more uncomfortable about the unjust treatments of young black male students. I have actually encountered African American parents who are dealing with this problem.
Parents of black children should begin to take this matter seriously. I have personally witnessed a white teacher placing her hand to the ground and declaring, “Your child is right where he needs to be.” This woman had the audacity to place a five-year-old at such a low level.
My stomach turns each time I think about what my children will have to endure in America, land of the free. Is the system really constructed to shatter our children?
Alarming facts about black male students
Pay attention to grade 4– “By fourth grade many African American boys are already falling behind in the classroom.”
“In 1994, fourth-grade reading scores of African American boys lagged behind those of all other groups at the same grade level, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.”
Investigate the educator’s teaching style– “This change in teaching approach, from an informal, learning-by-doing style to the more structured, sit-down-and-listen setup, is toughest on male students, who tend to be more active than girls in the elementary grades. And for black boys, a teacher’s reactions to these high energy levels may be compounded by racism.
Racist teachers?– “There’s often an undercurrent of fear or tension between black male students and many white teachers, and even some black ones…This fear can be triggered over something as minor as a black boy walking around the room.”
“On some subliminal level, the teacher is afraid to have even a very young black male defy the simplest rule. She’s afraid his defiance will escalate.”
Set high expectations– “In one of the largest studies of black male students ever conducted, New Orleans public schools found that while eight out of ten black parents believed their sons expected to go to college, only four out of ten teachers believed their black male students would receive a higher education.”
“In the New Orleans study, for instance, 58 percent of the 5,423 black boys who responded said they believed that their teachers should push them harder, and 34 percent said their teachers didn’t set high enough goals for them. More than half of these boys were only in grades four through six.”
Misplaced in special education classes– “African American males are also three times likely as white males to be enrolled in special education programs (for mildly to moderately mentally retarded), according to a 1992 report released by the Office of Civil Rights.”
Certain teachers do not believe black students are worth anything– “Putting them in special ed is just a way to get rid of them.”
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