It may start in the household, but it ends in the world. Black parents are not sitting there telling their children not to listen to white teachers. Kids start schooling at what age these days, 3,4? White people who are not racist fail to realize it exists very heavily, both subtle to downright blatant and there is a gap of understanding the struggles and lives of a black person from a low income area. Teach for america is so sucessful because it aims to recruit people who can relate or at least understand these struggles are complex multidimensional and will not be cured instantly, just because a good english teacher with good intentions comes in. They have to break down the barriers and be willing to work harder because these kids have not had the proper schooling all of these years and have lost respect for the education system because it has failed them. These kids are hurt, misguided, underserved. It is a cop out to come to the conclusion that all these poor minority kids just have bad parents. That means this education gap that exists is because white parents are better parents….kids spend just as much time in school as at home. the blame is not on white teachers, but if that is all jada sees and jada is a black girl who is willing and ready to learn but still doesnt feel as if she is learning much..she will blame the white teachers in her presence. it is a reach to compare it to the slavery story, but in a world where the only black president ever has received the most hateful noncompliance that any president i have ever heard of, it isnt hard to understand in their eyes
She's actually using this one example quite correctly, however. she compared two institutions; one in the system of slavery and one in the system of education. Yes, the structure is controlled by other parts, but they do not sit in the classroom and teach these children. The teachers do. You do not know the curriculum nor do you know the work input this school gives and looking at the results, not much. This student who attends the school, does. She very well articulated that she is able to comprehend and analyze her situation at school. Social problems is a problem with society. People compose a society. People are a society. You are so offended by the words she spoke (as the teachers and administrators were) that you rejected and questioned it's validity before even considering it as a truth. Did you know a white convict is more likely to be hired than an african american with no record? Maybe thats why there are less teachers of color. Was there any proof these students were "so disruptive" or did you just assume that because they are a minority school? Kids spend as much time at school as in the home. Teachers deeply influence children behavior and a teacher, who is a worker in the school will not be truthful to parents about their malpractice in a school. An informed student, who has nothing to lose, will.
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