Bettina Love: On Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools
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Bettina Love: On Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools

What I’m really concerned about right now is the school experiences, the life experiences, of black girls. Black girls are misunderstood, misread, a lot of their identities teachers do not understand, or oftentimes, you know, they are victims, and so I think if we’re going to talk about, you know, the issues that are impacting our most vulnerable — it’s black
girls. And that hasn’t been said. So I think the field of black girlhood is
really a field that many educators should be thinking about. And if we can have policies and education reform — real education reform — that really gets at the most marginal in our society, then it will permeate out to everyone else. If we’re taking care of the most vulnerable what does that mean for the kids who are
not vulnerable? We’re going to be able to make some real changes. And so I think we need to really think deeply about how we are disciplining, testing interacting, and engaging with our black girls.

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6 thoughts on “Bettina Love: On Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools

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  2. "Allot of times they are victims…" As if being a victim is exclusive to black girls. My Lord, this is just ridiculous.

  3. I read your article and watched your video. It seems like your under the impression that we should give people of color specialized care in order to overcome their cultural differences in regards to education. This would mean your a racist who thinks people of color aren't capable of learning like people from other cultures.

    Let me ask you this. Why do people of other cultures like Asians and Indians do so well in schools with a majority of white people? It's because the issue is not how the students are being educated, the issue is with how they are brought up and who their influences are growing up.

    It's common for a black student to do poorly in school because they are afraid of what there friends would think. The media paints a respectable black man as someone who does drugs, commits crimes, and lives the "street life". This is seen in black movies, TV, and especially music.

    This prevents black students from giving school their all. They want to be accepted by their peers and be 'cool'.

    Black culture looks down on education while White, Asian, and Indian culture embrace it. So the only way to tackle this disparity is to change black culture.

    By the way what do you mean by disciplining black/brown people differently? That makes absolutely no sense to me.

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