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As a person of color who attended Saint Paul Public Schools from 1990 to 2003, I am appalled by the insinuations of institutional racism by community action groups such as the NAACP.
Many of the ivory tower complainants have never had to deal with SPPS students on a daily basis, and therefore do not have a first-hand understanding of the common challenges that teachers face. Based on my personal learning experience, I can honestly testify that the majority of SPPS educators want their students to succeed and genuinely do their best to encourage, motivate, and educate them.
The problem is many teachers’ efforts are often hindered by the poor behavior of unruly, abusive, foul-mouth students who are incorrigible because their parent(s) failed to inculcate proper standards of moral behavior.
Being poor is no excuse to have poor morals and values. For example my sisters and I grew up in poverty, yet our mother made us rich by instilling in us the values of education, hard work, perseverance, and respect for God.
In my view, to fulfill Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream we cannot continue assessing the rampant issue of student misbehavior based on our children’s skin color but rather the content of their character.
Right on, Tanzania. So, now the district's solution is to keep the disruptors in the school building to punish the kids who are trying to learn. The people who make a living off of crying racism are hurting minorities.
There are no words to describe the defiant and disruptive student's behavior against educators. The student swears and insults the educators, They can do that.
The most who suffer are minority educators because the students have too much power to insult them and make racial remarks against them. Worst than all, is the fact that they have the power to hurt, and hit educators without paying the consequences. No words can describe how much educators suffer in the hands of those students who go to the school not to learn, but only to disrupt the class. They use the word, "Racial Discrimination" when the educator sends a student to the behavior room.
Teachers should not be scare to tell the truth about what they face in the classrooms every day.
When SPPS pays administrators bonuses NOT to suspend students, it makes it more likely that the negative behavior will continue to escalate to the point that the danger is so profound that the police need to intervene.
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