Unfortunately, the Lusher school´s history is not an isolated one. America has long had a teacher diversity problem: although it has been demonstrated that Black students perform better academically, and are more likely to stay in school, when they are exposed to teachers of their race or ethnicity, only 7% of teachers identify as Black… and this for the public school, including in Black neighborhoods. Black teachers today are, by nearly every metric, more successful at supporting the achievement and well-being of Black children. But they are absent from the system and the wall they faced while trying to integrate the system -in spite of all programs for recruiting them- is higher and higher. The problem is not entering, but remaining, without being bullied. The reality is that the vast majority of teachers in the US public school system remain white women, in part because many Black teachers leave just a few years into the job.
In recent months, cases of children as young as 12, 10 and even 6 years old were being arrested in handcuffs in police patrol cars for minor incidents (urinating in public, a drawing that upset a parent, or simply throwing an object in the trash) have not stopped appearing in the press. The trauma that these experiences may cause in the psychological development of the child cannot be accurately measured, but no apology or financial compensation will be able to rebalance what has been damaged, for sure.
As a result, MORE BLACK parents are opting to home school their children to protect them from systemic racism, according to education experts. Leading Black tutors say they have seen an increase in demand over the last 18 months, with many parents turning to online services because their children are at risk of exclusion. For many Black parents home schooling has been the only viable option because they believe the mainstream education system is broken and destroys Black children. Many Black moms are conceding to the reality: particularly Black boys don’t have the luxury of being average, they have to be excellent to have average opportunities.
This is not an exclusive U.S. trend among Black parents; according to BBC research, the number of children registering for home education in the UK rose by 75% in the first eight months of the current school year.
The Metaverse can offer a more immersive and engaging learning experiences than regular online courses, which often rely on static or passive content, such as text, images, videos, or quizzes. The Metaverse can create realistic and interactive simulations that allow learners to explore, experiment, and collaborate in 3D environments that mimic real-world scenarios or create new ones. For example, learners can visit historical sites, practice medical procedures, or design their own games in the Metaverse.
Yes, if you are a teacher who wants to rest, have a quiet life and forget about the kids, yes, online courses can be a great escape... but if we are honest, teachers who think like this do not exercise education as a mission but as a way to pay their bills. If your concern is that children learn lifelong useful resources, you need tools that go further in the students’ engagement. This is what immersive learning seeks. You will not be absent from the course, but as they say, if a picture is worth a thousand words, a 360º image is worth a hundred thousand.
And you, reader? Do you dare to join the movement toward a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape? Remember, DO WHAT THEY THINK YOU CAN’T DO. TAKE PRIDE IN HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME. HAVE FAITH IN HOW FAR YOU CAN GO.