Research has consistently shown that black children, and especially black Caribbean pupils, are disadvantaged when teachers decide who should be entered for the top exams. Black children are most likely to be placed in lower teaching groups and denied the most sought after subjects regardless of their achievements, their social class and their gender. These findings have been replicated by numerous studies, including work commissioned by the education department itself and by Ofsted.
According to The Guardian it\’s because teachers are racist.
Ho hum, burn the teacher training colleges then, eh?
Actually, there\’s an error in the original prescription of the problem. White working class do just as badly as black and Afro Caribbean. Not too much of a surprise as most black and Afro Caribbean in the UK are working class.
Which means that the problem with the teachers isn\’t that they\’re racist but that they\’re classist.
But that still means we get to burn the teacher training colleges, happily.