‘Fundamentally transforming’ our public schools

Sep 3, 2015 by

A recent poll shows that both teachers and parents oppose the Obama administration’s controversial race-based discipline rules in the classrooms.

And there’s a reason – classrooms have become war zones.

The administration is forcing urban school districts to stop suspending minority students, who are suspended more often than white students.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Education announced its plan in 2014, warning schools they will be watching for any “disparate impact” on minorities.

Stacy Washington of Project 21 says that decision has led to chaos in classrooms, including teachers being punched by students who know they won’t be disciplined.

“And teachers and parents alike are standing up against it,” she says.

Education website EAG News.com reported recently that 60 percent of teachers polled said they opposed the federal policy, with only 21 percent supporting it.

Among parents, 54 percent opposed it.

The story noted that public schools in Madison, Wisconsin implemented the new race-based discipline program at a cost of $1.6 million. When teachers were surveyed later, 87 percent said the program made classrooms more violent.

EAG also pointed to a lengthy New York Post story that quoted teachers in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City who have been physically attacked and verbally abused by students.

“It’s just basically been a totally lawless few months,” a Chicago teacher told the Chicago Tribune, where the teachers union complained the new rules are leaving teachers unable to manage their classrooms.

The story explained:

White teachers are taught to check their “unconscious racial bias” when dealing with black students who act out. They’re told to open their eyes to “white privilege” and white cultural “dominance,” and have more empathy for black kids who may be lashing out in frustration. They are trained to identify “root causes” of black anger, such as America’s legacy of racism.

But lopsided suspensions are not a problem of discrimination, says Washington. It’s a cultural problem in which there’s no father at home, leading to a lack of discipline.

 

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