Superintendents and union leaders continue their debate on firing bad teachers. Superintendents know that it is their duty to provide children with the best resources possible that will enhance their education. One of those resources includes providing children with the best teachers possible.
Dismissing a bad teacher for causes associated with racism in education is negligible. In fact, firing a teacher because he or she cannot teach is rare. According to an article titled ‘Firing Bad Teachers: A Superintendent and a Teacher’s Union Official Debate’, 80% of the dismissals in the Los Angeles Unified District that were upheld, had nothing to do with classroom performance.

While Dr. Dr. John E. Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers which is a separate entity from the California Teacher’s Association debated a lawsuit against the state’s tenure, layoff and termination rules, the real debate should be the perpetual tradition of racism in education that hinders student classroom performance across all lines of ethnicity.

Classroom performance is the pinnacle for educating students and racism in education should be a primary factor that determines whether a teacher is mediocre or excellent. An excellent teacher will have an awareness of the different racial tendencies of all of his or her students.

Because of eliminating racism in education, teachers have the ability to enhance the education of all students, which includes American Indian, Asian, Black, Hispanic, and White. This also provides administrators a different measurement for teacher effectiveness.

Teachers who eliminate racism in education have a primary focus on enhancing the education level and the student as a whole. Because they are experiencing classroom success they are less likely to become involved in activities considered detrimental to children or their career. Also, they are less likely to focus on sexual abuse and lewd behavior. As a result of their success, they are more likely to focus on the business of education and classroom performance.

Can we save bad teachers by eliminating racism in education?

Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
www.positiveracialrelationships.com
PO Box 1668 Blackwood, NJ 08012

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