White Teachers And Unintentional Racism By Nora Hyland Summary

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The article “Being a Good Teacher of Black Students? White Teachers and Unintentional Racism,” Nora Hyland writes about the roles of 27 White teachers in the U.S. who identified as good teachers, but held racist views against their students. The school that these teachers taught at was in the Midwestern part of the country. They participated in the reproduction of racial inequality, which can exacerbate racist effects. This article explored the idea that teachers perpetuated the “status quo” of discriminating against minority students. They marginalized some the students’. The teachers felt that their whiteness made them superior in some ways to the students. This whiteness that the teachers presented was taken out of situations such as their …show more content…
Reflections from Educators in the Field," Kerri Ullucci writes about there is an assumption that white teachers benefit children of color. It states that teachers who understand race, culture and their own whiteness benefit the students. However, some people believe that being White is not an automatic indicator of effectiveness in a minority dominant classroom. Teacher of all races has the potential to be successful with children of color. Sometimes White teachers hold negative views of minorities. In some of the cases they prefer not to teach in urban areas and cannot work with children of diverse backgrounds. In the study four interviews were conducted in six elementary teachers. The nominees were selected from the school site that were studied in advance. These teachers participated in interviews lasting 45 minutes to 3 hours. Three of the interviews were utilized protocols. The fourth interview was to go over previously given answers. All the interviews were taped on the voice recorder. The teachers were asked did their racial prejudices impact how they taught students? Data was collected through all the phases of the research. One teacher answered a question as he was colorblind, which threw up red flags for the interviewer. The teacher was color-conscious and noted that he did not have to remind the students of their race, they knew where they belong in society. Many teachers fall into the colorblind …show more content…
Many of these children respect their teachers and attend school to learn. However, some teachers have racist views about their students. Example of the words that are used to describe the students is lazy, low cognitive thinking, even stating that they are superior to the minority students. The study used independent variable was should teachers with racist views be allowed to teach? The dependent variables are race, education, and sex. The similarities that coincide with my own study is that people other than minorities feel that racist teachers should be allowed into the educational system. White people overwhelmingly feel that racist should be allowed into schools at 77%. The difference in my own study and the literature is that in the articles teachers are asked about their racial prejudices when it come to minority students. They are surveyed and given questions to answer, some with open ended responses. My own study was done on the general population and what people thought about people with racist attitudes being allowed to teach. The question I’m asking is should racist be allowed to teach minority children in the school system? My dependent variables are race, education, and sex. The independent variable is should racist be allowed to teach. These are some of the same variables used in the literature studies. The data sets are different, I used SPSS

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