Teaching of ‘white privilege’ rampant in schools despite warnings that it is illegal
Teaching of “white privilege” is rife in schools despite warnings that it is illegal, they told ministers.
Teachers have been accused of showing students “politically biased” material during lessons on police, racism and colonialism.
This week, the Union for Freedom of Expression submitted a brief to Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary, which contains details of cases where schools across the country have engaged in “politicized education.”
It includes a case at Piggott School, an academy in Berkshire, where parents raised concerns about a classroom resource called âA Kid-Friendly Guide to Social Justice Termsâ.
This worksheet defines police as “workers chosen by, protecting and serving those in power”, and racism as “rules, ideas and actions that target people of color to keep them under the control of those in power. who already have racial power â.
“Micro-aggressions” reported as a form of “unintentional discrimination”
The children also learned that “micro-aggression” is a form of “unintentional discrimination” and can include asking someone from an ethnic minority if they speak good English or telling them that their hair ” would be so beautiful if they were stiff â. The school declined to comment.
At another high school in Lewisham, south London, students were told they were “privileged for being white” and “that the police need to be reformed, that students need to protest,” according to the case.
Students were also told that “whiteness will always protect and isolate someone from racism” and that the justice system is biased due to white privilege.
Meanwhile, at a high school in Kent, the file revealed that a teacher compared former U.S. President Donald Trump to Hitler during a history class.
At Chesnut Grove School in Balham, South London, students were given a worksheet asking ‘what is a police officer for? And then had a “key words” section which was “colonies, racial profiling, juvinile [sic], corruption, reform, accountability â.
A school spokesperson denied any involvement in political indoctrination, adding: through arguments. They say this worksheet does not reflect what students are learning.
Parents described the material used in their children’s schools as “deeply alarming”.
Last week, the education secretary said schools shouldn’t teach “white privilege” as a fact. âContested theoriesâ and opinions should also not be presented to children without a proper balance, according to a document presented to Parliament by Mr Zahawi.
Students of the working class “left” by the state
The document was written in response to the Education Select Committee’s report on how working-class white students were âabandonedâ by the state.
Earlier this year, the committee concluded that working-class white students have been “overlooked” by the education system for decades.
In their report, MPs urged schools to stop using the term âwhite privilegeâ, which âpits one group against anotherâ.
MPs said promoting this kind of terminology in schools could potentially violate their obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
A mother, who filed a complaint with her daughter’s school about her classroom materials, told The Telegraph: âChildren should be taught to think freely rather than being taught what to think. Friendships are undermined and children’s ability to see past differences from one another is suppressed. “
She said her daughter found the concept of white privilege ‘disturbing’, adding: ‘It implies that she has done something wrong by being white that she somehow needs to factor into her life. It is a very great thing to ask of a child.
“People don’t realize how widespread politically biased teaching is”
Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union, said: âI don’t think people realize how widespread the problem of politically biased teaching in schools is. Teachers and schools have decided that when it comes to issues like systemic racism and white privilege, it’s more important to teach children what to think than how to think.
âTeaching children about contentious issues in a politically partisan way is actually against the law. They should expose children to a wide variety of views and encourage them to debate and form their own opinions, not to promote narrow ideological orthodoxy. The government must tackle this problem before it gets out of hand. “
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said: âSchools must remain politically impartial and must be aware of the need to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views when political issues are brought to the attention of students. .
“We expect that in most cases, where there are concerns about political impartiality in schools, these can be resolved through dialogue and agreement on simple mitigation measures.”