A recent study called “Two Strikes: Race and the Disciplining of Young Students,” experimental studies that showed that teachers are likely to interpret students’ misbehavior differently depending on the student’s race. At the same time schools are under pressure to rethinking student discipline and improve racialized academic outcomes. Focus is on teachers, teaching, and learning. That raises an issue: students increasingly taught by a work force is mostly female, educated, middle-class, and “strikingly white.” Teachers are younger, less experienced, and more educated than ever, even as students are poorer and browner. Many believe this causes cultural problems that impact student achievement. Tiffany Wilson-Worsley joins Rock The Schools to share her experience supporting black students in both suburban and urban public schools.
December 9, 2015