Dad and mom are calling on Mayor de Blasio to offer anti-bias coaching for lecturers after The Information uncovered a surprising slavery lesson at Bronx Center Faculty 118.
Trainer Patricia Cummings was faraway from her submit Thursday after college students and a staffer stated she singled out black college students and instructed them to lie on the ground for a lesson on U.S. slavery — after which stepped on their backs to indicate them what slavery felt like.
The alleged actions of Cummings, a seventh-grade social research trainer who’s white, sparked outrage across the metropolis and shortly gained worldwide notoriety.
Dad and mom expressed disgust on the story and known as on Mayor de Blasio to coach lecturers in cultural sensitivity.
“Dad and mom of shade have been asking for this type of coaching for years and the Mayor has been ignoring our voices,” stated Bronx mother Annagine Lewis, a consultant of the citywide Coalition for Instructional Justice.
“That is a lot greater than one trainer. This isn’t the primary incident,” stated Lewis, 47, a retail employee who has a toddler enrolled in a Bronx public college.
The incident at MS 118 is the most recent in a string of occasions that raised issues about cultural sensitivity within the public faculties.
In 2013, two lecturers from Manhattan Public Faculty 59 issued a homework project to college students that used killing and whipping slaves to show fundamental math.
They acquired coaching in cultural sensitivity after the incident however weren’t disciplined.
And in Could a substitute trainer at Bronx Public Faculty 76 was fired after he ripped a hijab off the top of a Bronx second-grader.
Dad and mom at MS 118 had been livid over the allegations in opposition to Cummings, who began working in metropolis faculties in 2016.
MS 118 mum or dad Tamika Lasane, 36, stated all the town’s lecturers must be required to take cultural sensitivity and anti-bias coaching.
“They should take classes in that so it doesn’t occur once more,” stated Lasane, whose son is within the seventh grade.
“That is February, that is Black Historical past Month additionally, so I don’t know what they’re gonna train them.”
Schooling Division officers stated the town has supplied anti-bias coaching to 450 metropolis lecturers in a brand new program this 12 months, a fraction of the town’s educating pressure of greater than 77,000.
Mayor de Blasio refused to reply questions concerning the MS 118 incident at an unrelated press convention on Friday, however metropolis faculties Chancellor Carmen Fariña stated the matter is being investigated.
“It’s a really severe allegation, and he or she was eliminated, and I feel at this level we’ve got to attend for the investigation to be full,” Fariña stated.
A de Blasio spokeswoman stated the town has significantly expanded the scope of anti-bias coaching for metropolis educators.
Dad and mom held a number of demonstrations outdoors metropolis Schooling Division headquarters and Metropolis Corridor in 2017 calling for the town to launch funding for anti-bias coaching for lecturers.
Cash to coach greater than 600 lecturers was put aside for the hassle in June however the anti-bias classes for lecturers didn’t start till January.
Cummings didn’t reply to a request for remark. She is reassigned away from the classroom whereas a probe of her actions is ongoing.