- Faith & Family
Willie Newkirk, 70
Miami, retired motivational speaker
Yes, I do think that they discipline Black students more harshly and quicker than the white or Hispanic kids. Students today need adults to talk to them – to explain what it is that they are up against. Kids need to understand what type of skill sets are going to help them in the future. We’ve got to make them see that they have to be willing to do what others won’t do today, in order to have the things that others won’t have tomorrow.
Rhonda Taylor, 58
Well, I don’t know. My daughter goes to the Miami Arts Charter School. She’s in the band and is a pretty good student. She’s never really been in trouble at school. Really, all of the students at her school do well and the teachers are excellent.
Rose Coaxum, 71
Miami Gardens, retired claims examiner
From the knowledge that I have of it, I don’t think that they’re unfairly disciplined. I don’t think discipline is a problem at schools because I know that the teacher can only do so much and teachers often don’t have the support of the parents.
Elaine Daniels, 53
I don’t think Black students are unfairly disciplined. Nowadays, they let kids get away with too much.
Johnny Frank Smith, 65
No, I don’t think that’s true because kids today don’t listen and they don’t obey anybody. And that all stems from the fact that kids don’t have the fear of God in them anymore.
Gevene Dobson, 60s
Miami, retired educator
Actually, I think it’s a fair system for all races of children. The problem with the system is that the parents can’t discipline their kids and that makes it harder on the teacher and ultimately for parents too.