who46 months ago
I would argue that if your take is that this article states that "every white teacher is inherently racist and prejudice," you have read it incorrectly.
As I'm sure your daughter knows, the achievement gap is evidence of a system of institutionalized racism. I don't believe that white teachers are the main culprit, but I do believe in the article's statement that "because the large majority of current teachers are white, they have a responsibility to figure out how to be effective with children of color." While I'm sure your daughter is working hard and will develop ways to be an effective teacher, your statements about her first days show that a teacher needs more than education and good intentions to be effective in the classroom. If no one is learning, no one is teaching (no matter how many packets you hand out or how much you're trying to actually "teach"). Of course, schools have the responsibility to support their teachers in this. Parents are a huge factor in their own children's education, but many students in low achieving, high poverty schools don't have parents who have the advantage of being highly educated and thus versed in the ways of education. During my time with TFA, many of my students were raised by grandparents or by a single parent working multiple low-wage jobs to make ends meet. This leaves a lot of responsibility to the school system, which was once supposed to be "the great equalizer."
I wouldn't say that white teachers are the main problem because the teachers at the school where I taught were not primarily white and we struggled with the same problems. Sharing the same background as your students certainly does not make you an effective educator. However, I do think it's incredibly important to bring in teachers who can both share our students' backgrounds AND be effective, because students need role models for their educational and other goals to seem attainable.