The Minority Education Controversy

What gives people the right to say that most Black-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Hispanic-Americans won’t make it out of high school due to their upbringing ? Growing up being Black and Mexican, and living poorly, I would hear many white adults already “thinking” or “knowing” my fate in school.

It was an early typical day in fourth grade sitting in my desk. My teacher  started the day with science. We were talking about topics for a traditional science project. I excitedly raised my hand! But she didn’t pick me to share my idea. She chose the white girl sitting next to me to share her idea. After lunch we moved to social studies, learning about states. She asked the class what is the name of the capital in Texas. I raised my hand again! But she didn’t call on me, she called on one of my white classmates at the back of the class. I continued to still smile, but I asked myself is this normal? For my teachers to pick white students as their “favorites” ? Or was it just me ?

In fourth and fifth grade it became a reality. I would raise my hand to answer a question or participate in class my teachers wouldn’t call on me, but always on my white classmates. I gave in. I said to myself, “if they don’t care why should I ?”.

Middle School came, and a new Calisto was born. My science teacher, Coach Pohel, said to my class one day,”The biggest way to say fuck you to me, is to succeed.”. From then on- I was always on A-B honor roll, but that wasn’t enough. I still felt I wasn’t treated fairly.

According to Joy Resmovits, Senior Education Reporter for the Huffington Post,  addressing discriminations for not only students of color, but students of disabilities is important. Joy Resmovits mentions,”Black students were 1.78 times as likely to be suspended out of school as white students, Latino students’ suspension rates are 2.23 times greater than those of white students”, according to school suspension rates of 2009-2010. These statistics are alarming. We need to stop dragging our feet when it comes to helping our minority students, by individually letting students know they are important.

Teachers may be blind to the ethnicity or the background of their students, but to some kids it matters. Be able to educate yourself personally, and add it to help you professionally. Observe how minorities act due to their home life. Don’t look at who is failing. Look at those who are neglected and push them. It doesn’t matter about test scores. What matters is their destiny.

According to the Wall Street Editorial Page, institutional racism no longer exists in this country. But it does. Black students receive at least one home school suspension each school  year, as mentioned in the Huffington Post. Don’t be afraid to personally help your students in class with a racial barrier. Give them a chance to succeed in class, and in life. Next time, look at your student’s skin, and ask yourself, can I make a difference in his or her culture? Or will they be another statistic in society? Don’t be afraid to personally help your students in class with a racial barrier. Give them a chance to succeed in class, and in life.

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24 thoughts on “The Minority Education Controversy

  1. This is powerful stuff! This is a well-thought-out piece that is not only timely in your life but so incredibly relevant now as we are all (thankfully) being forced to evaluate segregation and race in America. Kudos!

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  2. This article has given me a lot to think about. As an elementary teacher, I want to always see new and changing perspectives. I don’t want to be complacent. Thank you for sharing your experience, it will help us reflect on what we think we know!

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  3. Excellent choice of topics and well written. Race, class, and gender issues are extremely complex but they will not go away simply by us ignoring them. More teachers (and administrators) need to be able to have productive discussions about race especially. As you know, it’s really difficult to talk about, but luckily there are some great resources to help.

    I recommend you take a look at http://www.educolor.org/resources/ about halfway down the page are some articles. Read a few and share them with your teachers and principals. You have the passion to get this journey started. Stay with it and don’t hesitate to reach out to me or other adults that are willing to help!

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  4. I absolutely love this piece, it speaks at such volume to me because at my old school it was predominantly white. Some people will never understand the struggle that minority students trying to succeed go through. But your paper really explains the experiences first hand.

    This is a well written, bright paper. I love it.

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  5. I really loved your argument, I liked how you included your personal experiences with this issue. Racism will always be around but I like that you keep pushing your way through it, great post, keep succeeding!

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  6. One of the posts above says, “Racism will always be around,” but with great thinkers and speakers like you on the front lines, I’m not so sure. I’m not sure I will see the change in my lifetime, or that you will in yours, but I feel so empowered to know that there are people like you that are striving to make this world a better place. So proud of you for speaking out about a subject that is so deeply personal, controversial, and important.

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  7. I really love the way this is written! You have so many personal connections… it makes me feel so bad, that someone so smart like you can be left out just because of your race. But you know what? just keep doing you , I know for sure you’ll be something big!

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  8. I really liked this writing and agree with you all the way especially the part where you said, “I would hear many white adults already “thinking” or ‘knowing” my fate in school” because personally growing up black as you enter school a lot of teachers predict that your going to be a bad behaving student due to the color of your skin and so they pay less attention to you then they do to other students. I, myself, sometimes don’t participate in class because i feel as if my presence is unwanted and so i just sit there quietly listening to everyone else talk. I can 100% relate to this post i love it.

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  9. I agree to this argument because one quote that stood out to me was ” We need to stop dragging our feet when it comes to helping our minority students, by individually letting students know they are important. ” , its important because every child of any race should be treated or feel like they have fair rights as other kids around . It shouldn’t matter about their race or whatever the case may be .

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  10. Well done. As I raise 3 multi racial kids I have become hyper aware of how they can be perceived or pigeon holed according to racial bias. As an educator it’s important to be reminded to be aware of and challenged to explore my own biases so I can reflect grow and change. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  11. I’m in the process of writing my dissertation and have been researching this issue myself. There is a strong need for Americans to take note about our views of other people. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and if you are so inclined, check out the statistics on the school to prison pipeline: http://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/resources/projects/center-for-civil-rights-remedies/school-to-prison-folder/federal-reports/are-we-closing-the-school-discipline-gap/AreWeClosingTheSchoolDisciplineGap_FINAL221.pdf

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  12. I think this article is very true. In fact I see situations like your personal experiences happen all the time at school. I agree that teachers shouldn’t judge your knowledge by the color of their skin. I think the part when you said that “people shouldn’t judge kids on their ethnicity or upbringing on whether they will make it out of high school.” This meant a lot to me because I think that people shouldn’t predict a kids future before it even happens!

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