To lower the high suspension rate of black students, a Maryland county is “training staff in how to work with people of different backgrounds and giving troublesome students more support,” reports the Baltimore Sun. Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to be suspended.
Teachers and administrators may misinterpret the body language and occasional confrontational behavior that some African-Americans learn in their neighborhoods and use at school as a way of standing up for themselves, veteran educators say. They will often back down if they’re made to feel safe.
“Being rude means one thing to you and another to me,” said Ella White Campbell, a retired city school teacher and an education advocate in Baltimore County.
Why not teach students the school’s definition of rudeness?
Successful schools for low-income black students set high standards for their behavior, notes Education Gadfly.