Pedro Paulino6 months ago
The problem with many white teaches and minority students is saying things like "underachieving school. The student population is predominantly black." In my experience growing up, white teachers told me that more times than i care to remember, a hispanic or black teacher NEVER told me that. It's not a cop out when teachers, especially white teachers, come in to and "underachieving" school like saviors and get turned off by the reactions of minority students. I constantly felt like any lack of performance is because of my race and/or heritage because my teacher tells me "underachieving schools tend to be heavily populated by minorities." Then you as a parent boasting of the magic of your child, giving her precious time and teaching prowess should be greatful for her sacrifice to teach us. That behavior is what makes us resent teachers, especially white teachers. To teach us is a noble sacrifice, one we are reminded of often. But when said like white people do, the way YOU said it, it just feels like we are a shit sandwich your daughter decided to eat.
Being a teacher is hard work in a school where you are wanted, it's even harder in a place you are not wanted. Now turn it around and think of the students. Imagine how it feels to go to a place and being told you are the worst of the choices that was given. Imagine being told everyday directly and indirectly you are and idiot. Imagine being told the reason i'm stupid is because my parents did a bad job raising me.
(Before thinking that's horrible, i never said that or anything resembling that, remember you wrote this.... "I'm sorry, that's a cop-out. It begins with the family and the parents.")
I remember growing up, hearing "your mama" was the biggest instigator to fights, now a teacher is saying it? The reason i can't learn is because i did not learn to at home. Again, don't forget you wrote "I'm sorry, that's a cop-out. It begins with the family and the parents."
As a white teacher she has to learn and prepare to deal with the population she is eduacating. She has to learn how minorities have been historically treated by white people unintentionally. One way to get a glimpse of the reality of a minority is with this exercise done by Jane Elliott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SpF3cwJ86A . I hope your daughter becomes an even greater teacher than she already is, but she won't until she realizes our history and understands she is just getting a glimpse of the hurt we have recieved as a population.