Unruly black students were to blame for dismal test scores

Nov 8, 2011 by

 

 

Sandy Banks – Pasadena teacher Scott Phelps sparked a community firestorm when he famously proclaimed nine years ago that unruly black students were to blame for dismal test scores at John Muir High.

Teachers can’t concentrate on teaching, he said, because they spend too much energy trying to change the behavior of boisterous, disrespectful African American teenagers, students who “are not like them.”

The claim, in a letter to fellow teachers, raised such a ruckus at Muir High that Phelps — an award-winning science teacher with a master’s degree from Caltech — had to be escorted off campus and put on leave for his own protection.

Weeks of forums and community meetings made it clear that Phelps had touched a tender spot.

Black teachers echoed his concerns, students defended his passion, and African American parents agreed that too many black teenage boys in their community were not being disciplined or guided at home.

I wrote about the fracas back then, and it has stuck with me. It was a powerful reminder that even clumsy conversations about culture and race can help a community coalesce.

I share it now because, as colorblind as we might like to be, the impact of race and culture hovers over every discussion of public school performance in California.

via Lesson No. 1: It takes a team – latimes.com.

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