Your inner city schools/students are not the same as the suburban schools/students, or rural schools/students.
The problem is that most of our teachers are coming from suburban and rural backgrounds in which they have little to no contact with Blacks. And the few Blacks they do come in contact with are definitely not from the inner city.
You would think that in 2014 this problem would have been solved. To hear people talk there is no racial problem in this country anymore. Everything is just great. But study after study is saying differently.
What’s happening is that because there are so few Black employees in the inner city schools, and even fewer in position of power, and many in power are afraid to speak the truth, nothing is changing in schools on how to better educate and discipline Black children. And as hard as it is to find Black teachers in the inner cities, it’s even harder to find them in the suburbs, or small town U.S.A.
Most of us only think of cities, and suburbs, but many of us in America were raised in small towns with less than 50,000 people. At these schools you are lucky if you see two or three Black teachers in the entire school. Even the janitors are becoming whiter. Where are the role models for these children?
The private schools, and charter schools are suppose to be better, but when you look at the staff, from teachers, principals and even the general help many are lily White or near. For some reason these schools are talking about better education for Blacks but they aren’t willing to implement diversity programs in which they also hire Blacks. How can you talk about improving education for inner city schools when you are not making sure Blacks are employed at your place of business, schools? What good is an education without a job at the end of that rainbow? Kids see this, and it does matter.
In this report it was not clear as to why these children were suspended. Which doesn’t make sense. Why have a report talking about suspensions, but don’t break down what the children were suspended for. What could a child under six do to be suspended? Has things gotten so bad that the only discipline is suspension. If a child is disruptive in class instead of the teacher talking to them or calling the parents, or even sending them to the principal’s office, they send them home? How is that helping the child?
They did have stats, stating that even though Blacks made up only 16 percent of the schools, they made up 50 percent of the suspensions. And even though two-thirds of the suspensions were boys, Black girls suspension rates were much higher than any other race of girls.
Maybe we have gotten so caught up in zero tolerance that we no longer use common sense. Are the children attacking other children, attacking the teachers, or using curse words in class. Kids use the language they hear at home. And far too many of our homes language is filled with MF, B…, N…. and it goes on.
A White suburban teacher would be shocked but a Black inner city teacher understands and can talk to the child about the proper language, and is generally not as intimidated by the parents or the kids because they haven’t been exposed to this.
I still find it hard to believe how segregated America still is, including Pittsburgh. The closer you get to the city the Blacker it is, the further out the Whiter it gets to the point where many Whites can actually grow up in America without interacting with Blacks. It’s a little harder for Blacks because the police are White, teachers are White, firemen are White, and most of the actors in movies and TV are White, as are the employees in the retail businesses we shop in.
Maybe they are just scared of Blacks. They don’t want us working with them, and they are afraid of our children. Yes I know some preschoolers can have some filthy mouths copying from how their parents talk, or may try to solve problems with their fists, like their parents, but come on people. How is a preschooler a threat to a full-grown teacher? Even if she’s a small woman.
I still would like to know what they were suspended for?
(Ulish Carter is the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)