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ERIC Number: EJ829709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
The Silence of Fear: Making Sense of Student (Mis)Behavior
Peterek-Bonner, Emily
High School Journal, v92 n3 p44-53 Feb-Mar 2009
The purpose of this personal narrative is to retrospectively analyze the actions and reactions of a young, female, white teacher who was faced with the reality of the dichotomy of race and power in a large school system. When an African American male student brings a gun to school, the teacher's personal assumptions come to the forefront, bringing confusion and fear. Simultaneously, the power exerted by the administration to keep the situation out of the public eye maintains any pervasive racial tensions that exist in the school. This piece reflects on and deconstructs the complexities of this situation through the lens of critical race theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A