Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Black Kids in the UK...

The Daily Telegraph
Black pupils 'victims of racism by teachers'
By Liz Lightfoot, Education Correspondent

Black pupils are no longer judged to be the most advanced when they
start school and unconscious racism by teachers could be to blame,
according to a professor of education.

Prof David Gillborn, of the London Institute of Education, said the
performance of young black children has apparently declined since 2002
when a new method of assessing four- and five-year-olds was introduced.

Before 2002 teachers were told to administer baseline tests in their
pupils' first few weeks at school but now they tick a series of boxes
based on observations of the children.

Prof Gillborn told a conference of the British Educational Research
Association at Glamorgan University yesterday that data showed black
children were no longer doing so well and that the trend may have
emerged because of the new emphasis on teacher assessment.

There was evidence that many teachers tended to have lower expectations
of black children and graded them accordingly, he said.

Well-meaning, white professionals who simply did "not see equality as a
major concern" were guilty of institutional racism, he said.

A previous study by Prof Gillborn and Prof Heidi Safia Mirza published
in 2000 challenged the preconception that black children entered school
poorly prepared when it found they were the highest achieving of all
groups at the start of their school careers.

Since teacher observation replaced the tests white children have
attained higher marks than all other ethnic groups, Prof Gillborn said.

He added: "Here's one area that black kids were doing well and it has
disappeared, almost overnight. There is no evidence of conscious intent.
There does not need to be."

1 comment:

afrocentric said...

hum in france we have the same problem as well,it is just natural for them to force you do to manual work or put you of scientific subjects, iam lucky to have a family of academics both my parents have studied sciences so they were involved in my school education.

but the trouble is with the majority of black families having the mother a single parent it is very difficult to see through the school system and the institutional racism when you have 3 or 4 kids to care of, adn when you are having yourself difficlut to have a "normal" life.
we cannot fight against it if we don't sit our kids after kids and check their homework with them. we cannot let them bring average marks at home.
i do it with my 12 year old brother when i am around.