Black Girls Are Being Pushed Out of the Classroom
We have a pressing discipline problem that begins in classrooms, and for far too many children, ends in prison. The recent assault on a South Carolina student in her classroom has gone viral and as I watched the video, I thought about my own experiences in classrooms.
That girl certainly could have been me as I have been labeled obstinate and have always had a strong sense of what I thought was right or wrong. I struggled to learn to develop an acceptable voice in school. In first and second grade, I screamed and cried about what wasn’t fair or quietly just walked away from the perceived injustice. I was the child that most teachers did not want in their classroom.