Report by John Bean.
A study just published by Lambeth council in South London reveals that white working class children are being ‘marginalised’ at school after being forced to follow a multicultural timetable that shuns British traditions. White pupils from deprived homes often “cannot see themselves or their lives reflected in the curriculum”, turning them off school altogether.
As many of us know already, large numbers of schools follow a curriculum that goes out of its way to celebrate a “diverse range of pupils”. This means that there are numerous projects such as black history month and cultural days to cater for students with links to Jamaica, India, Pakistan, Portugal or Poland, etc. One head teacher told the researchers that this might have led to white students having a sense of “losing their identity”
In his comments on the report, Graeme Paton, Education Editor at the Daily Telegraph, June 27th, quoted a head teacher as saying: “ It seems to be easier to celebrate the good things about other cultures – the dance, the food, the stories. We’ve worked through the cultures and have left this one to last.” Paton added that it was claimed that many poor white British children in the area have black cultural role models and “speak with a South London patois”.
Nevertheless, all is not lost according to the first findings just released from research by the Social Integration Commission which, as you would guess, is to study diversity in modern Britain. Apparently they were rather shocked to find that in Britain white people are more segregated from other races than any minority groups.
Almost 4,300 people, a cross section of the population between the ages of 13 and 80, were interviewed. White people merged as the least integrated with other races, even when the results were adjusted for the relative size of the white population. Apparently a typical white person has only 50 per cent as many social interactions with those from other groups as might be expected, given the make-up of where they live.
Give ‘em More Diversity
What is the BBC’s response to all the above revelations? Rather like dealing with children who are not responding well to potty training, the BBC has announced that due to the lack of response to diversity training we are now to sit down and face a screen upon which they will be showing more minority faces. One in every seven BBC presenters and actors is to be black, Asian or from another ethnic minority within three years. Surely, they are not far of this already?
An action group, including Lenny Henry (one-time comedian who is now just a joke),
Baroness Grey-Thompson, our leading wheel-chair athlete, and Baroness Benjamin, a Trinidadian-born lady nominated to the Lords by the Lib-Dems, is being set up to advise on the changes.
And to make sure that we respond to this latest diversity training the BBC will also establish a £2.1m ”Diversity Creative Talent Fund”, which will be “reprioritised from other budgets” to help change the portrayal of ethnic minorities in its programmes.
What will this mean? All black policemen will at least be inspectors and Douglas Bader, Winston Churchill and Nelson, et al, were really a bit Black?