Not separate but not equal


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Racism In Education

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Not separate but not equal

  1. 1. Not Separate but Not Equal (Racism In Education) Presented By: Johnny Ailey
  2. 2. What is Social Justice? Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Encyclopedia of Social Work (19th ed., Vol. 1, pp. 95-100).
  3. 3. What is Racism? The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
  4. 4. "When attempting to correct so many generations of bad faith and cruelty operating in classroom and society, you will meet the most fantastic, brutal, determined resistance. There is no need in pretending this will not happen." (Baldwin, p.185)
  5. 5. Why Should We Be Concerned? Children across the nation are entitled to a quality education and equal access to that education. The United States has acknowledged this right of children, but so far the country has not turned it into a reality.
  6. 6. Background Information Most times in lower economic communities there are basically Blacks, Hispanics and other minorities. Sometimes, when there are nonminorities teachers in a low economic area they do not expect the minorities to measure up to white-Americans academic achievements. It affects the minorities by not giving them an equal opportunity to learn and further their accomplishments in education.
  7. 7. What impact does Social Justice Have On Education? • Individual Racism • Institutional Form of Racism
  8. 8. Individual Racism Refers to an individual's racist assumptions, beliefs or behaviors and is "a form of racial discrimination that stems from conscious and unconscious, personal prejudice." (Henry & Tator, 2006, p. 329). Individual Racism is connected to/learned from broader socioeconomic histories and processes and is supported and reinforced by systemic racism.
  9. 9. Institutional Form of Racism Includes the policies and practices entrenched in established institutions, which result in the exclusion or promotion of designated groups. It differs from overt discrimination in that no individual intent is necessary. (Toronto Mayor's Committee on Community and Race Relations. Race Relations. Myths and Facts)
  10. 10. “It is teachers and parents - not central government - that know what is happening in their schools, and they are best placed to deal with racist behavior when it happens” Department for Education
  11. 11. Building the Future for All Students We believe that No child will be knowingly discriminated by ethnicity, culture, gender, or learning capability.
  12. 12. Our policy includes… • All teachers are required to instruct students to reach their full potential regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion and social economic status.
  13. 13. We Believe That… When all students are valued and created equal we build a bridge with a foundation of equality, students can succeed with our help to become better leaders in their community, school, home, and most importantly throughout the nation.
  14. 14. The Potential Barriers • Increased evaluation of teachers in classrooms to make sure the policy is properly implemented. • The curriculum would be in more depth to insure all students are on target level.
  15. 15. Call To Action The United States must make the necessary steps to address the problems in the American public education system before the education system will ever reflect the intent of the Brown decision. We may not uphold the "separate but equal" doctrine but we have certainly not created an integrated and equal system.
  16. 16. Conclusion To move forward for social justice, educators need the strategies, revolutionary ones in some contexts, for rethinking and taking leadership for school practices to better meet diverse students’ needs. Also, educators need the language to translate intellectual concepts into practice and experiential understandings.
  17. 17. Raise Awareness to end Discrimination within the Education System for ALL students Join Me, Make A Connection Change, Change, Change… Be Smart. Have Heart.
  18. 18. References Baldwin, J. "A Talk to Teachers" in Schultz, F. 2001. "Sources: Notable Selections in Education" Guilford: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin Henry, F., & Tator, C. (Eds.). (2009). Racism in the Canadian university demanding social justice, inclusion, and equity. Toronto, ON, Canada: University of Toronto Press. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.