Black Education / Schools : The stunning lack of diversity in America's school teachers

Queenie

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To some of your point, Bro. AI D . . .

Parenting In the Black Community: Why Raising Children Is Different for Us



It’s no secret that Black and White parents often raise their children differently. White children are frequently allowed to “explore the world,” which is exhibited by running free in public places or expressing their displeasure with a decision a parent has made. Black children, on the other hand, are taught to accept the word of their parents above all else, and are often taught to be quiet and polite when in public.

It’s also no surprise that the way a child is raised shapes the way he/she sees the world. Discipline and child-rearing (or lack thereof) also determines how the world sees a child. For example, many older Black parents and grandparents do their best to ensure that the children and grandchildren “behave” in public. This stems from a desire for Black children to be seen as non-threatening and civilized. So, in essence, part of the reason Black parents are so hard on their children is because they don’t want to perpetuate the Black stereotypes perpetuated by a racist society.

In the study Parenting Styles African American and White Families with Children–Findings From an Observational Study, research reveals that male children are parented more harshly than female children. While some Black parents do this in an attempt to prepare their sons for the realities of white Supremacy, this style of parenting often sends the message that aggression and violence are acceptable forms of behavior.

The American Sociological Association also published a 2002 study that indicates African American parents favor the disciplinarian or authoritarian approach to parenting. The study involved 302 African American adolescents and their mothers, and revealed that Black parents have more of a take-charge philosophy to parenting than their white, middle-class counterparts.The study states that Black parents may be more harsh on their children in an attempt to prepare them for a world that is filled with discrimination and societal biases that do not favor people of color.
 

Queenie

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And they'll still teach white washed HIS-STORY
I don't claim to fully understand or know how the required American curriculum is determined, including standardized testing but, I firmly believe that if the right pressure and demands are made by parents/citizens, first, on the U.S. Department of Education and second, our state and local school boards, third, organizations such as the NEA and teacher's unions, the content of today's curriculum can and should be changed.

There is certainly more than sufficient scholarly-based material published today, from which an accurate and culturally diverse curriculum can be developed. No?

"We" need to stop having low expectations and continue to battle a system that claims to be equitable and just when it's clearly not. If parents choose to or have little choice but to send their children/students to public schools for that "free" education, they should, at least, demand that what the students are taught especially in terms of national and world history, accurately reflect the truth versus the current lies.

Parents have more power than, I think, they realize. They've been brainwashed by a dictatorial and biased system into thinking they lack power and must accept what is given to them. Pffft...hogwash!

But, I can't place full responsibility on parents, particularly those that are working or spending most of their time trying to find work. It's tough trying to punch a time clock on your job and raise a family these days. Our communities are much different today and that difference puts more pressure on families than families 40 years ago that lived in smaller, more familiar communities. But, where there is a will, there's a way.

Grassroots non-profit organizations designed to help improve education in the U.S. should be held accountable and be made to uphold their purpose and be expected to carry the lion's share of the effort while parents are busy working and trying to support their families. We have to stop accepting what others want to give us and start demanding higher quality goods and services. Hey, that's the American way, right?

We should raise our expectations and push for what we want and not give up until we get it.
 

chuck

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I don't claim to fully understand or know how the required American curriculum is determined, including standardized testing but, I firmly believe that if the right pressure and demands are made by parents/citizens, first, on the U.S. Department of Education and second, our state and local school boards, third, organizations such as the NEA and teacher's unions, the content of today's curriculum can and should be changed.

There is certainly more than sufficient scholarly-based material published today, from which an accurate and culturally diverse curriculum can be developed. No?

"We" need to stop having low expectations and continue to battle a system that claims to be equitable and just when it's clearly not. If parents choose to or have little choice but to send their children/students to public schools for that "free" education, they should, at least, demand that what the students are taught especially in terms of national and world history, accurately reflect the truth versus the current lies.

Parents have more power than, I think, they realize. They've been brainwashed by a dictatorial and biased system into thinking they lack power and must accept what is given to them. Pffft...hogwash!

But, I can't place full responsibility on parents, particularly those that are working or spending most of their time trying to find work. It's tough trying to punch a time clock on your job and raise a family these days. Our communities are much different today and that difference puts more pressure on families than families 40 years ago that lived in smaller, more familiar communities. But, where there is a will, there's a way.

Grassroots non-profit organizations designed to help improve education in the U.S. should be held accountable and be made to uphold their purpose and be expected to carry the lion's share of the effort while parents are busy working and trying to support their families. We have to stop accepting what others want to give us and start demanding higher quality goods and services. Hey, that's the American way, right?

We should raise our expectations and push for what we want and not give up until we get it.

On point and on time!!
 

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