The Race Equality Charter (REC), overseen by Advance HE, is the product of its attempt to ‘do something’ about racism because, in the words of Chief Executive Alison Johns, the sector has ‘a legal and moral duty’ to do so. No one would dispute the need for universities to do something about racism, but the extent of the problem and how to oppose it are (and always have been) questions for academics to address, not for bureaucratic, partisan prescription.
Brighton and Hove Council Finally Release Its Racial Literacy 101 Slides for Training Teachers
The Race Equality Charter threatens to re-racialise UK universities, writes DDU supporter Philip Hammond.
DDU Academics are a group of academics working in the university sector, aligned with the Don’t Divide Us campaign. We believe that the Race Equality Charter is more likely to promote division than the worthy aim of equality on campus. Also, by endorsing particular, contested views, it will limit discussion of a range of important issues relating to race and racism.
Patrick Stevens on NEU Plans to ‘Decolonise’ Education
In The Woke University, Joanna Williams argues that this institutional model has replaced educational goals with a mission to inculcate particular values
Ralph Leonard at Unherd points out some important flaws in Kehinde Andrew’s narrative of the Enlightenment as an example of a deeply racist West, or the idea that a form of Pan-Africanism offers a better, more authentic, less tainted-by-the-West strategy: Andrews exhibits a common vice of contemporary radicalism: the idea that to be radical is […]
Two DDU supporters argue why many universities are wrong to uncritically embrace the Universities UK Report, ‘Tackling Racial Harassment in Higher Education’
Earlier this year, PGCE lecturer, Lesley Nelson-Addy, wrote in Britain’s leading professional publication for English teachers: The ‘new’ GCSE curriculum is Anglocentric and epistemically violent: it uses knowledge as a weapon. Not solely because of the removal of the Steinbeck classic, Of Mice and Men – a book most of us grew to enjoy […]
Following the murder of school teacher Samuel Paty, over 100 French academics published a Manifesto supporting a universalist approach to education. They were denounced as ‘deeply disingenuous’ and ‘profoundly dangerous’ in an open letter by a group of academics mostly from English-speaking universities. Here, in a robust response to their critics, the French scholars argue that […]