Posts Tagged:cross-cultural dialogue

Dealing With White Parents As A Black School Principal

By Giovanni Zaburoni If you’ve ever been a minority working in an all-white environment, you know there are a number of obstacles you have to overcome. The sometimes subtle, but often times overt, comments and actions from your peers may make you feel as though they lack respect for your ideas, perspectives, and hard work. Your…

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What American Schools Need to Improve Race Relations and Equality

By Ryan Velez The Justice Department hailed a federal court order in affirmation of desegregating schools in Cleveland, Mississippi, with the court saying that it would allow students to “learn, play, and thrive together.” The notion that desegregation of schools would even be a topic in this day and age may come as a bit…

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Tim Wise Urges Whites to Study Black History to Preclude Future Racism

By Angela Wills The contemporary American police force was derived from slave patrols, men who were hired to ensure that runaway slaves were captured and punished. This is the type of history lesson that needs to be studied, anti-racism activist and author Tim Wise told an audience of about 175 people in Jesse Auditorium. Wise…

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The Consequences of Cultural Competence for Teachers of Color in America

Cultural competence, the knowledge or skills allowing professionals to efficiently and effectively work across cultures, is a term increasingly discussed by professionals tasked with diversifying the workforce, particularly in education. This seemingly commonplace term appears to have reduced the significance of diversity and is counteracting diversity-related goals, thus contributing to the high burnout rates among…

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Skip The White Hero Complex And Teach

By Giovanni Zaburoni It’s a storyline seen in many Hollywood movies: wild, unruly, downtrodden black children who are unwilling to learn. They come from broken homes with parents or caretakers who can’t afford or don’t want to take care of them. Not a single person of color within the community is willing to step up…

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Inner City Schools Are Not Looking For White Saviors

By Giovanni Zaburoni A book by author Ed Boland called “The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School” chronicles the journey of a white teacher as he begins his brief stint as a teacher in a school with inner city minority students. According to The Atlantic,…

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Are Certain Forms of School Discipline Unacceptable?

The way we discipline our children at home and at school should be different. However, when you find out that the school is disciplining in a harsh, extremely racist way, you have to question the teacher’s methods and stand up for your child. One mother was appalled at the treatment her son received regarding personal space. There’s…

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Can a White Teacher Really Understand a Black Student’s Take on Racism and White Privilege? (Video)

If the children are our future, as we often say, then perhaps we need to acknowledge that they, too, have had strong feelings this political season. In a video that has crossed many Facebook timelines, a young woman passionately shares her take on racism with her teacher, who happens to be white male. Here is…

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A Clash Of Cultures: What White Teachers Need To Know About Teaching Students Of Color

By Giovanni Zaburoni A clash of cultures in classrooms of white teachers instructing children of color has been going on in America since “caring” white colonists opened schools to teach Native Americans how to be “civilized.” Author Christopher Emdin wrote a book called, “For White Folks That Teach In The Hood,” which looks at the…

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