Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Summary and Response to "The Civil Rights of Children"

Andrew Rosenthal
 In Andrew Rosenthal’s “The Civil Rights of Children” informs readers that African Americans and Hispanic students are being punished more severely than other students because of racial discrimination by people in authorities. Rosenthal states that African Americans and Hispanics are being suspended, expulsion, or even arrest for something that should have just been dealt with in the principal’s office. Minority children that have a bigger chance of dropping out are not getting the proper help they need from people in authority. Even though African Americans make up a small percentage of students in a school they make up a high number of the suspensions and expulsions in schools. People in authority need to put racial differences away and give the help the students need that will help them succeed in the future.

In Andrew Rosenthal’s “The Civil Rights of Children” is accurate in saying that racial discrimination still can be a problem in some schools because of the stereotype that African Americans and Hispanics are bad people. African American students do not engage in worse or more often misbehavior than other students, even though they get in trouble more and have worse consequences than other students of different races. African American students only make up fifteen percent of public school students but make thirty-three percent of students suspended once, forty-four percent of students suspended more than one, and thirty-six percent of students expelled. African Americans that get in trouble for the same thing as over students et disciplined more and more punishment than they should have gotten. Teachers in schools where this happen should be trying to be fair to all students and stop it happening by other authorities. The students that need the most help are the was getting the least help. Students should not be getting expelled for arrested for a something that kids do more often. Students should be having punishments that will benefit them in the long run and not harm their chances for a good future.