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.
Teacher and educational researcher Greg Ashman warns that “once you have opened up Pandora’s Box, you cannot put the bad things back”. The heightened awareness of race promoted by activists unintentionally “plays into the hands of the far right”: If you have changed or added to your curriculum as a result of the Black Lives […]
The discourse surrounding academic decolonisation furnishes today’s intellectual and moralistic justifications for racism, argues Alka Sehgal-Cuthbert Although some proponents of decolonisation education claim to be humanising academic knowledge, all they are really doing is stripping it of its important, potentially transformative features. Photo by Iñaki del Olmo on Unsplash