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Unveiling the Shadows: Racism Within the British Education System


Introduction:


Education plays a fundamental role in shaping individuals and societies. It is a powerful tool that should be used as a catalyst for inclusivity, understanding, and progress. However, no system is perfect, and the British education system is no exception. In this blog post, I will shed light on the issue of racism within the British education system, exploring its impact and potential solutions.


Before I do let me share my own experience of being in high school, to cut a long story short I had to beg my white teacher to let me do the higher paper for my GCSE. She didn't feel I could do it and kept telling me about her gut feelings. She wanted to enter me for the paper that would only give me the highest mark of a C grade. I literally had to cry to her. To this day the thought of that sickens me to my stomach. A young black girl sobbing on bended knee to her white teacher. I loved school loved learning and I just knew I could get this A grade and she literally was trying to stop me.


I went home and told my mom. Mother went to the school and told her to ensure I could do the paper I wanted. My mother asked her why she felt I couldn't do the higher paper she couldn't provide a substantial answer other than that there is a risk of me failing.


Whoever you are reading this post out there I got an A* on the paper. She wanted to hinder me before I even got started.


So let's dive into it!


1. Systemic Bias:

One of the critical challenges faced by the British education system is its inherent systemic bias. This bias can manifest in various forms such as curriculum design, teaching materials, and teacher attitudes. The Eurocentric focus of the curriculum often sidelines the contributions and experiences of those in the global majority groups, perpetuating a distorted view of history and society.


2. Achievement Gap:

Racism within the education system gives rise to a significant achievement gap. Student from a global majority background consistently face higher inequality in terms of exam results, educational attainment, and access to higher education. Discrimination can seep into every aspect of a student's educational journey, affecting their self-esteem, motivation, and ultimately, their academic performance.


3. Discrimination and Bullying:

Racist incidents, both overt and subtle, are prevalent within British schools. Students from diverse racial backgrounds often face discrimination, verbal abuse, and bullying. This toxic environment not only impacts their mental health but also hinders their ability to learn and thrive academically.


4. Lack of Representation:

Representation matters. However, the British education system often fails to reflect the diversity of its student body within the teaching staff and educational resources. A lack of diverse role models and inclusive curriculum content deprives students of the opportunity to see themselves reflected positively and can adversely affect their aspirations and sense of belonging.


5. Strategies for Change:

Addressing racism within the British education system requires a comprehensive approach, involving various stakeholders. Some key strategies include:


a. Diverse Curriculum: Implementing a more inclusive curriculum that recognises the contributions and experiences of all racial groups, ensuring a well-rounded experience.

b. Teacher Training and Inclusivity: Investing in ongoing teacher training programs to raise awareness and understanding of racism and bias. This will equip educators with the skills to create inclusive and safe learning spaces for students.


c. Encouraging Diversity in Staff: Encouraging recruitment practices that lead to a more diverse teaching staff, providing role models for students from all backgrounds.

d. Promoting Respect and Equity: Introducing anti-racism policies within schools to create a zero-tolerance environment for discrimination, and fostering a culture of respect and equity among students.


Conclusion:

Acknowledging and addressing the issue of racism within the British education system is not only crucial for the well-being and success of global majority students but also for the whole society. By working collectively and implementing strategies for change, we can strive to create an education system that is truly inclusive, celebrates diversity, and equips all students for a future built on equality and understanding. Together, we can pave the way towards a brighter and more inclusive educational landscape.


However in recent years I have become an advocate for home schooling of the black child if you can you should!


Thanks for reading.

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