Toolkit for “School-to-Prison Pipeline Infographic”


This is just too vague

Submitted by Anonymous on 30 January 2013 - 11:20pm.

You manage to be quite clear about what the punitive teacher does, but your suggestions of what to do differently are so very vague. The "Shifts" are also huge generalizations. Real teachers in real classrooms need examples of real language. How do you propose that a teachers with a class of impoverished kids, when 20 of the 25 present display disruptive behaviors?

Too Vague

Submitted by Anonymous on 12 May 2013 - 7:02am.

Teaching is not easy today. As a case manager in the social work field, an important ethic is the separation of social work and law enforcement. As a child I was one of those disruptive kids. I was smart but not motivated. I will never forget my 6th grade teacher. She met me where I was at. She saw that I loved to read, so she let me go to the library anytime I wanted to. My behavior started to change, and I was out of class. She let me have this privilege so long as my behavior was appropriate and my homework was done, I was always passing the tests already. I say this not in a bragging way but I was a classroom disaster. She took a lot of flack for giving me that privilege. One day I realized this teacher really cared that I learn.

My third grade teacher made my entire class spend the whole day spelling the word "success", we all got it wrong on a spelling test. She took flack from the principal and some of the parents until she told them "this word is so important to them, I never wanted any of them to spell this word wrong again." They were thinking of getting rid of her but my class rebelled,we let our parents know and those who could not come to school called the school. We kept our teacher. Today I have grown from a disaster to a pastor.
Now my first grade teacher is another story. I didn't finish kindergarten because my family had moved farther away from the school. Upon arriving to my new school without even testing my teacher did not believe when I told her I already knew how to read. The kids who did not know how to read were given Tom, Dick, and Sally while the kids who could read were given a much thicker hardbound book. She humiliated me in front of the whole implying how could I possibly know how read. I flipped out. When I say flipped I mean I was having a fit fighting the other kids, swinging chairs. The Guidance Counselor was called. She would not let me speak until I calmed down. I told her what happened, she tested me and saw I could read. She grabbed up took me back to the class and blasted that teacher in front of the whole class. You use the word impoverished instead of poor while referring to these children. The different thing to do is very simple, stop seeing your student's weaknesses and problems and start showing them their strengths.