A race-based discipline is now being promoted in one school in Washington State.

The school board in Clover Park School District will use the new race-based policy to stop giving discipline to students on the basis of behavior, but instead, the white students will be punished severely in the classroom than minorities regardless of one’s conduct.

The 28 28% population of the Clover Park School District is composed of white students. In a board meeting conducted on March 14, the “cultural discipline” policy passed through by a vote of 3-2.

Deputy Superintendent Brian Laubach explained the idea of “culturally responsive discipline” during the meeting. He said “Essentially they’re referring there, that you look at ‘are you dispersing discipline across the ethnicities, the racial groups equitably,’ right? So, are you disciplining African-American boys more than you’re disciplining white boys, right? So, are you paying attention to all of that in your data?”

Laubach’s explanation seems to be so confusing, one board member Anthony Veliz went on and tried to give example to make the policy clearer.

Veliz said, “What if, you know, just saying, like, in my background, what if that type of rule that we broke was more acceptable at my house, right, versus your house?”

“And, you know, when I’m talking to them, like, ‘hey, you know what, actually, I thought I was OK, I thought it was fine to grab that piece of pizza before anybody else. Because in my house, I’m allowed to do that.’ Right?” he added.

Regardless of their explanation, the policy shouldn’t take race into account at all; the school should provide and teach their faculty to discipline students according to their behaviors to understand them and to “guide them”.

100 Percent Fed Up also reported:

Another board member, Paul Wagemann, spoke out against this policy, insisting that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their ethnicity. He also argued that this policy needs to be further defined and understood in full before the board votes it through.

“Let’s say we both commit the same offense,” Wagemann explained. “Then the question should be what are the consequences of that offense? And how do we go through that process? That’s how I see it. And to be fair, if we both did the same thing, we should get the same consequence, the way I see it. And I think that’s how most children on the playground like to see it. Most of us, as citizens in our community, like to see it that way. That it’s equal.”

“Do I have to look at his nationality? Where he was born or where he lived? No. He did an offense. I did the same offense. We should suffer the same consequence. And I think that’s what our system should do, at least the way I see it,” Wagemann concluded. He also added that until the board sits down to further define the terms of the policy and fully understand what they are pushing forward, it would be “negligent to send this forward.”

Watch it here: Culturally responsive discipline/video

Schools are expected to prepare one student for the real world and should teach them to how to act in an acceptable way. And turning a blind eye to one student’s misbehavior just because of their ethnicity is a major disservice in the long run.

Source: 100 Percent Fed Up


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