Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Whites to One Rally, Blacks to Another, Etc--At School

When I learned about this via Joanne Jacobs (see blogroll at left), I jokingly sent Joanne's post to my principal and vice principal. My VP responded first: "Are you sure this is real? It seems a bit unbelievable." So I sent him the actual news article linked above. My principal replied later, saying, "I don't think we'll be going there."

But don't you love the greeting to the students at the white students' rally? "What up, white people?" You've got to be kidding me.

I understand the principal's rationale for doing what she did. I really do. But when you consider how people are likely to respond, it's not a choice I'd have made--and I've made some pretty interesting choices before!


George said...

At the school in which I work we are often posed with the question, "What are we doing to help our minority students"?

Well . . . we show up early and leave late, write lesson plans that we think will engage all students (while also covering content and allowing for them to explore a little), we encourage them to excel and keep their chin up, use the latest technology (well beyond what we had as kids) to teach with, provide them feedback via rubrics and spreadsheets and grades, call home when necessary or not so necessary, offer tutoring (to which no one attends), extra credit, lunchtime review sessions, and make-up assignments, attend their athletic events to cheer them on, listen to them, write letters of recommendation, create Honors and AP programs for them, find scholarships, discourage them from using drugs, joining gangs, and getting pregnant, pat them on the back when they do something good and discipline them when they do something bad, we feed them, buy them gifts, acknowledge their birthdays, chide with them, we even congratulate them when they give birth to their first child, visit them in the hospital, and some of us pray for them . . .

I understand where this principle is coming from. I'm sure she had done all of the above and more to help students her entire career, but it does not seem to be enough.

Dear teachers, the problem lies within the very students we teach; it was demonstrated by Jason Lockett, who stated in the article, "It was to compare us and say how much dumber we were than everybody else".

Carson said...

Mr. Miller I would never think of you as someone who would make "INTERESTING" desisions. We already found out that "separate but equal" doesnt work

mmartin said...

I forwarded the article to some teacher friends of mine, and one of them wrote back to me and said, "Maybe we should change our national slogan to 'e unum pluribus'".