Thursday, February 25, 2016
Teacher Quality And Minority Schools - Its The Student Discipline Issue!
Yesterday Chalkbeat published an article that showed that minority schools have less qualified teachers, suffer from high teacher turnover, lack a Masters degree, and are less likely to be certified in the core subjects. The report inferred that racism may play a part in the teacher inequality issue. However, in my opinion, its about the student discipline policies and not the color of the student's skin that affect teacher quality.
While its hard to ignore the fact that some students grow up with crime, violence, dysfunctional families, and poverty which shows up in the school as student misbehavior. It doesn't mean that all children disrespect adult authority, Most students find the school as a "safe haven" and social outlet where they can confide their problems with sympathetic adults. In fact, it's usually a few students that exhibit continuous disruptive behaviors and interfere with student learning in the classroom. Even Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, has in the past called Black kids "Super-predators" and refused to apologize when confronted with that statement this week. Therefore, it is important for a school to have a firm, fair, but strict discipline policy to dispel the myth of a bad kid..
Unfortunately, far too many schools don't have a consistent student discipline policy and a few have subscribed to the failed restorative justice approach that the students think is a joke. The result is a school out of control and quality teachers will either flee the school at their first opportunity, or leave the profession entirely. .
If a school is to retain and nurture quality teachers, the administration must have the back of their teachers and not stab the in the back and blame the teacher rather than discipline the student. A school with a firm, fair, and strict discipline policy and a supportive administration will retain quality teachers no matter the student population.