Episode 90 - Dr. Priscilla Gibson: Disproportional Suspension Among African American Youth: The Experience of Kinship Caregivers

Monday, February 20, 2012, 8:52:13 AM

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Dr. Gibson speaks about her research exploring the experiences of kinship caregivers parenting African American children, who are disproportionately suspended under school zero tolerance policies. Dr. Gibson describes the emotional and relational costs of suspensions on families and strategies to help caregivers (often grandmothers) avoid pitfalls in the education system.

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Average Rating: 5stars  education, Saturday, February 20, 2021

By Alex S. :

Dr. Priscilla Gibson’s research is interesting, and this type of qualitative research is necessary to provide social workers with a better understanding of cultural trauma experienced by populations with whom they work. Dr. Gibson is hopeful that teachers and caregivers need to work together to create a better education system for children, especially those young African-American males who face out of school suspension at a higher rate than their white counterparts. As Dr. Gibson points out, this higher rate of suspension creates distance between a child and their school; this is particularly devastating for a child who has several risk factors that indicate they will drop out of school. A better educational experience is more important for children who might be experiencing trauma at home, and it is also more important for members of a persecuted population. Not only is it important that teachers and caregivers work together, but it is important that research like Dr. Gibson’s influences the entirety of society to focus resources and interventions to help children. If we all cared most about our children (every single child, regardless of socio-economic status, race, or biological parents’ behavior), we would create a better society from the ground up.

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Average Rating: 4stars  addressing school zero tolerance policies, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

By Kelley Haggins :

I think it is a great that Dr. Gibson has begun a research with kinship caregivers, and the zero tolerance school policy with the Minnesota Public School system. With Dr. Gibson assistance in obtaining caregivers’ reactions and feelings concerning their children’s school suspension, it can help them join together with the school to create solutions. I believe that more collaboration with caregivers and schools are needed because, as Dr. Gibson mentioned, there is a lack of communication between caregivers and the school. Furthermore, I like how Dr. Gibson stated that the caregivers should teach their children the ramifications of school suspension and that the school needs to develop a plan to help caregivers understand their children’s behavioral problems at school.
School suspension is a widespread concern among African-American children and their families. As a mother of two African-American young men, it is crucial that the parents become involved in their children’s education with a strong support system. In addition, I believe that caregivers are their child’s best advocate.

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