Events at Batley Grammar School this week have resulted in a teacher and his family having to go into hiding. His ‘crime’,at the very worst, was having given a poor lesson that offended the religious sensibilities of some Muslim parents. Reprehensible as the protests outside the school gates are, they are not the main problem. […]
Agnes Poirier at Unherd considers how religious separatism and an unwillingness to address questions of nation and commonality in France is making the life of teachers increasingly difficult. Thankfully not all pay the ultimate price for free speech as Samuel Paty did, and there are still brave individuals who won’t self-censor: When she speaks, Fatiha […]
Unless we adopt ‘a more humanistic approach, grounded in respect for the common qualities that bind us all’, argues Rav Arora, ‘we will continue to be stratified along racial lines’: One of the worst things you can tell young people of color is that they are fundamentally different from their white counterparts and they are […]
Toby Young at ‘The Spectator’ considers the implications for Eton’s educational ethos, as well as for the dismissed Mr Knowland, when the head chooses safety over independent critical thought: As he (Mr Knowland) wrote in his letter, if we prioritise emotional safety over intellectual challenge and censor any views that might make students or teachers […]
We reply to an open letter in the Guardian from education academics that criticises recent government pronouncements on the need for political neutrality and balanced presentation when dealing with political ideas.
In the wake of the BLM protests, many school heads are rushing for help to find resources which accord with contested and divisive ideas from Critical Race Theory, including the now ubiquitous ‘white privilege’. There are a growing number of diversity ‘expert’ businesses willing to help. Heads should reject this course of action and remember […]
The “unconscious bias” theory is detrimental in the fight against racism, argues Ella Whelan: It’s this fetishisation of white self hatred that has propelled figures like Robin DiAngelo and the theories around white fragility to fame. There’s nothing a white liberal likes more than being congratulated for recognising the sins of their fathers – even if […]
More and more people are recommending that unconscious-bias training should be brought into schools to tackle racism. This is a mistake, says Kevin Rooney.
Last weekend, I watched both episodes of a Channel 4 documentary called The School That Tried To End Racism which was broadcast recently. Within the first few minutes I became uneasy about this experiment which had been conducted with a class of 11-year-old pupils in their first year at a Glenthorne High School, a state […]
“Can you really teach kids not to be racist?” asks Tom Chivers at Unherd: It’s powerful television, and incredibly uncomfortable to watch. But there are two huge problems with it, and they’re the same problems in our imaginary school, above: disease is real, but the test and the treatment are not.