Another issue discussed at the 13WHAM Town Hall meeting was racism.
Board President Van White agreed that one thing the Rochester City School District needs more of are teachers of color that understand the behaviors of children of color.
This is the same as saying only Black lawyers can properly defend people of color because they understand why they might have committed the crime for which they were charged.
This district and every other district in America needs and deserves dedicated professional educators that love, understand, and know how to engage children in and get them excited about learning.
Excellent educators come in all shapes, sizes, genders, and all colors.
Our children deserve to be exposed to the creativity and passion of dedicated teachers so they can discover and develop their own creative passions.
President White said that he believes that everyone loves their children. Unfortunately, this isn’t true.
For some children the only positive experience they have with adults who care about them is in school. That is a reality of the “culture of poverty”.
For too many children the only place they feel safe is in school; the only time they get to eat is in school.
Every school should be filled with loving, caring, respectful, positive adult role models that show our children that although life can be challenging getting an excellent education helps in making successful choices.
Teacher assessment shouldn’t depend on test scores but on how well the educator interacts with parents, students, and other members of the school community.
Once teachers feel like they are a part of the community they will be less likely to spend thousands of extra dollars and driving hours to get as far away from the city as possible. Their children will attend the school in which they teach and every child will receive an excellent education.
Changing the system of education so that it concentrates on providing every child with an excellent education means providing every child with an excellent educator who inspires within their students a lifelong love of learning.
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