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Here’s Why One Latina Is Asking For White Educators To Stop With The Whole ‘Stand And Deliver’ Screenings

Adriana Heldiz, a writer for Voice of San Diego, is tired of educators showing the movie “Stand and Deliver” at predominately minority schools. In a commentary piece titled “A Latina Student’s Plea: Please Stop Talking About ‘Stand and Deliver,'” she expresses her frustration at white educators who don’t take the time to learn who their students are and instead try to “inspire” them to overcome problems with a movie.

Heldiz isn’t saying the people who use the movie to inspire students are bad at their job — they’re just tone deaf and quite possibly lazy. Heldiz does think people should watch the movie at least once because it is an inspiring story.

Here are Heldiz’s five main points about why it’s time for some educators to abandon “Stand and Deliver” and actually work with their students.

1. “It’s old, cliché and downright offensive.”

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Heldiz argues that white educators at minority and low-income schools use the movie to calm themselves down when dealing with students that have been deemed poor, violent, or dumb. She also argues that by using the movie to try and motivate themselves and their students, these teachers are creating a “white-savior complex” to orchestrate some kind of inspiring result.

2. Instead of inspiring students, the movie shows them that the teachers thinks less of them.

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“By showing this movie, it confirms your students’ worst fears: that their teacher thinks less of them and defines them by the struggles they face,” Heldiz argues.

3. “Not to mention, ‘Stand and Deliver’ conveniently sidesteps some of the bigger reasons students struggle, like being labeled as English-learners.”

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She argues that by allowing for kids to participate in bilingual education, they can take advantage of learning more in their native language while learning English instead of being relegated to a class that leaves them behind the curve so they learn English.

4. Jaime Escalante, the teacher who inspired “Stand and Deliver,” was also against bilingual education in California schools.

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“Unfortunately, a vast majority of your students probably didn’t have access to bilingual classes, thanks in part to the fact that the teacher who inspired ‘Stand and Deliver’ fought alongside those on the conservative right to keep bilingual education out of California schools,” Heldiz wrote.

5. She offers some advice on how to get through to these same students without relying on a dated movie: get to know them.

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“Engage them,” Heldiz wrote. “Learn something more about them than their names and test scores. I guarantee they’ll be more willing to learn from you.”

Read Heldiz’s full piece here.

(H/T: Voice of San Diego)


READ: 15 Reasons Everyone Should Watch ‘Stand and Deliver’ Again

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The Principal Of A Florida School Was Captured Spanking An Undocumented Six-Year-Old Student With A Paddle

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The Principal Of A Florida School Was Captured Spanking An Undocumented Six-Year-Old Student With A Paddle

Corporal punishment includes all sorts of cruel physical acts. They range from spanking, slapping, force-feeding, and pinching to pulling, twisting, and striking with an object. The act of corporal punishment has long been criticized for its part in causing greater damage than intended.

Though the effects might bring around immediate compliance, researchers have underlined that such changes in behavior are often only short-term and can increase aggressive behavior. Perhaps this is why the act has varying legal statuses across the country.

Elementary school principal Melissa Carter is learning her own lesson from corporal punishment, but not as the receiver.

The elementary school principal from Florida is being investigated by local authorities after her use of corporal punishment on a 6-year-old student was captured on camera.

Principal Melissa Carter and school clerk Cecilia Self used a paddle on the student last month as punishment for damaging a computer screen. According to local CBS affiliate WINK News, corporal punishment was performed on the child in front of their mother. The mother used her cell phone to record the paddling in a clip that has gone viral.

According to WINK News, a female employee from the school contacted the child’s mother on April 13 after her daughter allegedly damaged a computer.

The mother of the child, who speaks Spanish and not fluent English, said that she was confused by the allegations made against her daughter during the phone call. During the conversation the school employee had mentioned “paddling” but the mother didn’t understand what that meant because of her language barrier.

She had been under the impression that she had been brought to the school to pay a $50 fine. Instead, she was taken to Principal Carter’s office where her daughter and the principal were waiting.

Carter soon brought out a wooden paddle and smacked the six-year-old on the backside. The video recorded by the mothers shows the little girl crying in pain during the attack.   

The mother claimed she resisted intervening because she feared having her immigration status brought into question.

“Nobody would have believed me. I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what’s happening in this school,” told the local news about the incident. “The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her. I had never hit her.”

Bret Provinsky, the mother’s attorney, said the State Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the case to see whether they will pursue criminal charges against Carter and Cecilia Self.

Self was meant to translate for the mother, but the mother said she did not do so. “That’s aggravated battery. They’re using a weapon that can cause severe physical harm,” said Provinsky. “The child is terrified, she feels vulnerable. There’s nothing she can do in the hands of these adults, who treated her so brutally, savagely, sadistically.”

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A Black Teen Earned Over $1 Million In Scholarships From 18 Colleges That Accepted Her

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A Black Teen Earned Over $1 Million In Scholarships From 18 Colleges That Accepted Her

Shanya Robinson-Owens applied to over 20 colleges and has been accepted into 18 of them.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the high school senior has also been offered more than $1 million in scholarship money. The 17-year-old Philadelphia teen currently attends George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science but is headed towards a pretty bright and educated future.

According to a recent interview with “Good Morning America” the star student earned $1,074,260 in scholarships.

“We are overjoyed,” Robinson-Owens aunt told the show in a recent interview. “I knew she wouldn’t have a problem getting into colleges, but we didn’t know they would award her this much money in scholarship funds.”

Shanya, who was accepted to Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; La Salle University in Philadelphia; Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri; Temple University in Philadelphia and Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania, told GMA that she “wasn’t really expecting it” so many offers let alone so much money.

The senior currently holds a 3.2-grade point average and is a member of the school’s yearbook committee. She also works as an intern alongside her Chinese language teacher.

When it comes to the advice she’d give other students, Shayna says it’s important to “take your time” with your work and the application process.

“You really have to be patient,” Shanya explained. “Stay focused. If you need to have some time away, it’s OK. You can tell your teachers that because they know you’re stressed.”

“We’ve always been extremely proud of her,” Shanya’s aunt, Christine Owens, explained to GMA. “My mother has helped raise Shanya since she was a baby. We’ve just been working as a team making sure Shanya keeps God first in anything she does and she is succeeding.”

Speaking about Shanya, her school principal Ted Domers told GMA that Shanya is a “well-respected student at her school.”

“In addition to being a part of a movement to bring more social action to our school, she’s involved in a number of extracurricular activities that show the breadth of her skills, from robotics to journalism,” Domers explained. “It is a privilege for us to count Shanya as one of our own and we are excited to see her create opportunities for her future.”

Shanya has yet to make a college pick.

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