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Colonizing the Black Natives: Charter Schools and Teach for America

on January 25, 2016

Okay, this is totally unacceptable, racist, militaristic, and, let’s face it, totally disgusting. 😦

Seattle Education

This piece was originally published on March 14, 2014 on Cloaking Inequity.

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Colonizing the Black Natives: Reflections from a former NOLA Charter School Dean of Students

Each day, I could have up to 10 students in my office, affectionately dubbed the T.O.C., (time out center) by the end of the first period. Students continued to come throughout the day as teachers would simply not allow students to come back to their classroom. Most of the teachers guilty of this behavior were (TFA) Teach for America cohort members who were great hearted individuals, but could not control their classrooms. Most had no sense of cultural competence and frankly felt as if they did not need to know the kids to teach them. When a few teachers attempted to develop relationships with Black students and parents, it seemed disingenuous and painful. Many times, they avoided parent phone calls and conferences because they felt…

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