Hey everyone, this is my first post here although I've read conversations for quite a while so bare with me as I'm not quite sure how this all works. I recently posted in a Chicago forum about affordable places to live and to keep in mind schools because I will be a teacher. Everyone was very kind and helpful until my race was asked, and this guy flipped out on me. He went into this huge rant about a non-minority not being able to make a difference in urban school settings. He basically told me I am a clueless white young woman and to retrieve to the suburban schools where my skills and background can be put to use. I felt so attacked and discouraged. I have not started my student teaching yet but planned to do so in either inner city Cleveland or Akron. He said something about children will never learn when you think you are superior or trying to save them. I have never felt that way and would never walk into a school thinking I was better than any student or teacher. I have always wanted to work in urban schools as I've spent years volunteering with inner city Akron youth and have always felt I thrived in that environment. I was apart of my professors research team for three years on his project of inequalities among the richest and poorest public schools across the country and it really motivated me that much more on wanting to teach in an urban environment or low income. I don't plan on trying to save anyone, I just want to go where good and caring teachers are needed most. From personal experience with observations and shadowing of teachers in Cleveland, I've overheard gossip among the teachers and it's horrifying. They call their students stupid behind their backs and say they will never amount to anything. My teacher I observed in Cleveland declined to meet students an hour early in the morning when they practically begged her for extra help. I was shocked. That is why I want to teach in urban schools, to respect the students and treat them like adults and just do anything I can to get them whatever future it is they want whether it is college or a minimum wage job, not to force a future on them that they don't want. Looking for any advice or encouragement from all of you teachers or future teachers. Did anything that guy say have any truth about "You have to be from a rough background and be able to relate to these kids to get hired." I took on a lot of the teacher's work when I was supposed to be observing, she practically forced it on me because she didn't care about it. I loved doing it though, I'd stay late and tutor them and there attendance and scores truly improved over the three months I was there. Just feeling confused now after I thought I did so well in an urban school.