Black Students’ Loss of Trust in Teachers Has a Devastating Impact on Their College Attendance Rates
A joint study conducted by the University of Texas, Stanford University, and Columbia University revealed what Black parents of school-age children already knew, or at least strongly suspected: Racism is almost the sole determining factor in deciding how many Black children – if any at all – make it to higher ed.
The study revealed that racial discrimination and stereotyping torpedo Black (and Brown) students’ trust in their teachers, as “mistreatment by authorities,” “low expectations from teachers,” and “disparities in disciplinary referrals and suspensions for minor misbehavior” have led them to believe that trusting teachers and school administrators could prove to be a mistake from which they may never recover.
The study further noted, “Because trust of authorities is negotiated in the context of social interactions, a natural adaptation to such interactions is to withhold trust.”
Not unlike the way 4th grade reading levels are used to determine what size prisons to build, loss of students’ trust in their schools by 7th grade is used (for the purposes of this study, if not other places) to determine both Black students’ discipline infractions and four-year college enrollment levels.
But, what does all this mean?
It means that we need to take our children out of these goddamn institutions of mental genocide, PERIOD.
The history books have already been re-written to make it seem like our enslaved Ancestors came over here to work – for FREE – by choice, not by force.
Malcolm X once said, “Only a FOOL would let his enemy educate his children.”
Are we fools?
If we continue to accept a White Supremacist, Eurocentric curriculum as the basis for our children’s learning – with zero to little pushback – then we just might be.
Dr. James Jones, III of Manhood, Race, and Culture said it best when he observed,
It is difficult to understand why Black folk commonly by-pass education issues when discussing nation building. They behave as if educational matters are either givens or not as essential to liberation plans as political matters or economic strategies. It is my belief that those race leaders who think that educational matters take a backseat to any variable when it comes to uplifiting the race are in grievous error[,] as everything pivots off of education.
Hear that? Everything pivots off education. EVERYTHING.
If that’s true, why is it, then, that we have no problem, whatsoever addressing gentrification and displacement, workplace harassment and racist micro-aggressions, or politics and economics (in the macro sense), but when it comes to education, the general consensus still finds us measuring ourselves, according to a skewed educational standard?
In 2016, another study – this one produced by Johns Hopkins and American University – revealed that when Black teachers and white teachers were asked to rate student performance, white teachers and other non-Black educators were “12 percentage points more likely than Black teachers to say their [B]lack students wouldn’t finish high school.”
That’s why I find it frustrating – if not downright nauseating – that it seems as if NOBODY wants to talk about creating a solid educational structure that keeps our children from sucking on a poisoned educational tit. We send our children to these centers for mental genocide, everyday – proud when our children do well, yet shocked when they don’t.
That makes absolutely no sense to me.
“Black Excellence” is still largely measured by our ability to conquer the Eurocentric educational paradigm, regardless of the fact that we know those who have the most influence within it have made it abundantly clear that they don’t expect us to beat it.
The truth of White Supremacy’s lowered expectations has finally – finally – come to light.
The question now is: What are we going to do about it?