View Full Version : Principal under attack for wanting to put white students in the same classes

04-28-2017, 12:26 PM
Campbell Park Elementary in St. Petersburg, FL is only 10% white. It was one of five majority black public schools denounced as “failure factories” by the Tampa Bay Times last year. The blame was placed on “inexperienced teachers” and not the students. Three of those schools had their principals transferred as part of an effort to improve academic performance.

The new principal at Campbell Park is Christine Hoffman, a white female who was previously the vice principal. While making new guidelines for how a classroom should be composed, she wrote that “white students should be in the same class.”

Immediately, the local NAACP threw a fit. Now the woman is apologizing and pledged “ to seek additional opportunities to apply racial sensitivity and cultural competence in my work.”

Hoffman says she only meant to avoid having a lone white student in any one class without any other white classmates.

Black students universally perform the worst nationwide, even though black students tend to get the most money in per-pupil spending. This website has documented this phenomenon.

The excuse of “inexperienced teachers” is used all over the country. Districts with majority black schools tend to only hire new teachers willing to work in one of these schools for the first few years. These tend to be people who are fresh out of college and highly motivated. Many of them honestly desire to be like Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in Dangerous Minds

She should never have apologized.


04-28-2017, 01:40 PM
This is something that comes up for some of my kids when they are placed in a program or foster home in Detroit and have to attend DPS schools. My district covers southern Detroit, but also Hamtramck, the eastern part of Dearborn, Lincoln Park, and Melvindale. The girls adapt well for the most part, but a lot of the white boys (not all) have trouble fitting in when the school has a vast black majority student body.

Girls share pop culture and music. They like to admire each other's hair and clothes. Boys tend to separate among racial lines on those things, unless they are involved in athletics, which can be a strong unifier.