Floris Koot6 months ago
Ouch. I am very white and a teacher and Dutch, so I don't know what right of speaking I have. The paradox of race often is, that it shouldn't matter (That school is too blame, for that kid wrote a brilliant, painful essay. And even disagreeing with the vision in the content should not be held against the writer) and it does matter, for people react to it and damages are being done (mostly by the race in power, for in current Zimbabwe often the whites are the victims). Also the American school system is very very weak. As long as people only vote for the candidate who lowers taxes the most, the school system as a whole will suffer, except, you guessed it, private schools for rich folks. As long as teachers are scared of their pupils, they might rather hand out notes and not demand results (thus avoiding aggression). As long as young people (whatever color) don't see what help learning will be to them they will not care, (in video games at least you can replay levels, and everything you learn is directly of use and demanded in use on the next level) and as long as schools prepare you for the 20th century employment conditions and this in no way prepares you for your reality outside of that school, I would too, not give a s**t about my own results as a student, sorry to say. So the problem is much bigger, and the color issue makes matters worse. My short term practical suggestion in this case would also be, hire the most positive successful blacks (or any kind of people that fits the profile locally) in the neighborhood and have them give (free) guest lectures (or demand they come give guest lectures) about how to make it in the world they live in. If the programs are not met, why follow the program?