In a recent Los Angeles Daily News article by Thomas Himes, Superintendent John Deasy has challenged 1,500 administrators to mentor students until they graduate from high school. He initialized this request during a back to school welcoming for administrators. During his welcoming speech, he emphasized the school districts responsibility for helping students to graduate from high school and prepare students for college and their future careers. Instead, Superintendent Himes must encourage teachers to implement classroom management strategies that will ensure the success of the initiative.
While administrators play an important role in the progress of students, it is the teacher who is the most important factor in a child’s education. With a dismal graduation rate of 68%, the school district will need to incorporate classroom management strategies that reduce discipline in three primary areas.
Teachers will need it implement classroom management strategies that reduce classroom disruptions, open defiance, and disrespect towards a teacher. Once a student and teacher become involved in these types of encounters the trust gap between the teacher and students enlarges.
Many students who become involved in these types of encounters are more likely to become repeatedly involved in continued incidents with the teacher. After a number of incidents, the teacher and student become completely disconnected which results in poor attendance for the student and an eventual student dropout status.
In a diverse schools district such as the Los Angeles Unified District, the only way to overcome such conflicts is to reduce any racial tension that may exist between teachers and students. Promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships will provide teachers an opportunity to develop classroom management strategies that will reduce such racial tensions and the likelihood that teachers and students become involved in devastating encounters that result from classroom disruptions, open defiance, and disrespect towards a teacher.
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
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