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Excellent and useful article
|Posted By: Christine Malsbary on November 22, 2011|
|Thank you so much for your essay. I am rarely moved to offer comments, but this issue in particular really galls-- and saddens-- me. I've thought a lot about this issue of paternalism and focusing on Black and Brown youths' bodies. As a teacher educator, I have often noted that young teachers in their first years of teaching in urban schools are extremely worried about discipline to the expense of their curriculum. I tell them to pretend they are working in an elite White school-- what would their first week look like? I tell them that any kid would get bored and restless if he/ she only heard about "the rules" all day, every day of their first week of school....|
It's more than integrated schools. Parents need to be empowered to realize that they can ask for more. If parents were able to tour schools like the one you describe your son attending, they could see the possibilities and perhaps not feel that they need to go with the lesser of two evils.