The author of this article Francisco Vara-Orta talks about discrimination in schools with tactics on how we can help solve this issue. The author gives many examples of racism and prejudice in schools, starting with the Council Rock High School where there have been comments like “Go back to Mexico,” or “I love Trump” using swastikas towards the Latino community in the school. The author talks about many instances where racism has occurred, and justice has not been able to prevail with the lack of action taken by schools. The author claims that racism has been somewhat fueled by Donald Trump and his actions or words in his campaign for President. People who believe in Trump have similar opinions and are not afraid to point out these views. In a study by Education Week and ProPublica, they analyzed three years of media reports and self-reported incidents of bias and racism in K-12 schools. In 472 accounts, most incidents took place from Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2017. These incidents targeted black and latino people, as well as the Jewish and Muslim people. However, the author says to not be too quick to blame Trump. Bullying usually doesn’t come from one cause. We can’t scapegoat the President, for there were issues before the president that could’ve caused this bullying. School has forever been a place for bias and harassment. Administrators somewhat fail to fix this issue. School leaders feel pressure to discipline the kids who commit hateful deeds, but doing so can undermine aiming for a more sustainable outcome in trying to push back on the bias itself. Another solution is to have diversity training for teachers to learn about these issues to then be able to educate the kids about these situations. In New England, anti-bias programs have been implemented into 70% of schools. Finally, social media has a huge affect on discrimination. With its ability to spread word very quickly, it gives more opportunities for racism and bullying. To help this, we need to set standards on social media and educate the children to know when something isn’t right.
Vara-Orta, Francisco. “Hate in Schools.” Education Week, vol. 38, no. 1, Aug. 2018, pp. 1–20. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=131843772&site=ehost-live.Tags: Judge Memorial Catholic High School