|Campus Life, Media Archive, Politics/Public Policy, United Kingdom on 2016-04-28 01:15Z by Steven|
London, England, United Kingdom
Stereotypical expectations that this group have ‘confused identities’ often mean they experience racism from teachers and fellow pupils
A REPORT by People in Harmony, (PIH) the national charity for mixed race people and families has highlighted the experience of mixed race children in the education system. Stereotypical expectations that this group have ‘confused identities’ often mean they experience racism from teachers and fellow pupils. Here, PIH’s Dinah Morley tells how the report and the seminars it was based on were put together.
IT IS over a decade since People in Harmony (PIH) published Mixed Race and Education: creating an ethos of respect and understanding, a conference report on mixed race children and young people in the education system.
PIH has now revisited the subject of mixed race young people in education in a new report called Mixed Race and Education: 2015 in order to consider ways in which a better dialogue with schools could be achieved to help improve outcomes and to add some substance to a patchy body of research…
The debate in April 2015 facilitated by Martin and Asher Hoyles, educators and authors of books on race and culture, was constructed to address four specific topics that had arisen from the earlier seminar.
Racism and discrimination in school was also discussed by the young people and parents. They identified:
- The curriculum content does not acknowledge the mixed race presence.
- A failure to stimulate an awareness of mixed race students and families.
- Schools lack resources needed about mixed race achievers and role models
- Appearance often incorrectly determines how mixed race students are related to.
- Teacher stereotyping leads to incorrect assumptions about students’ backgrounds and needs.
- The default position applied to mixed race people is usually black.
- Others are deciding the terminology used in schools for mixed race people.
It is important for teachers and others to understand the experiences of mixed race people and the fact that lazy racist stereotypes are not helpful in helping children from these backgrounds to settle and to achieve…
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