David Gillborn talks education for BME students

BME kids usually perform below the white british level yet the mainsteam media insist that education is a problem for white middle 7 working class students.

The Telegraph reported in February 2012 British children from poorest homes ‘being failed at school’

This is an inaccurate representation – the statistic that form the basis for these reports come from data given on who receives free school meals  – only 14% of the school population receive free school meals so 84% are unaccounted for and so data for BME young people isn’t properly represented at all.

In schools:

Policy reinforces subtle institutional racism as the measuring sticks aren’t relative to BME needs – for instance the governments data in their own equality report shows that academies are failing BME students despite their claims that they are  a resounding success and that they will raise standards “across the country”.

Teachers have lower expectations on some BME groups and this is detrimental in the classroom. They underestimate their academic ability and over estimate the chance that they will be disruptive – they are frequently reprimanded for behaving in the same way as their white peers who have gone unpunished.

If we are serious about race equality we need to look at racism in schools – tackling measuring sticks and policies that have  disproportionate impact on BME groups

 

 

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  1. frank rispin

     /  7th July 2012

    i sent these questions to Mr Gillborn some time ago but never hasd them answered.
    I would add one more
    ie Siome/many Afro Caribbean youngsterts are now succeeding – I know plenty who succeeded in the 70’s!! Has anyone picked a group of say 20 who did succeed and researched why they beat the “racism of teachers” and succeeded against the odds ??
    With reference to “No black in baccalaureate” by David Gillborn 13-6-2011.
    Here were go again. Always blame the teachers and the schools for the poor performance of Afro Caribbean students in UK schools.
    Could I ask him the following questions please ?
    1. Why do Afro Caribbean girls do much better than boys, and far more of them go on to Higher Education. Are the teachers sexist as well as racist ?
    2. Why do British Asians in our state school system do better than any other group. Are teachers fussy in whom they direct their racism at ? Why do kids with Bangladeshi and Patra Sikh backgrounds not do as well as those from middle class Asian families ?
    3. Why are white working class kids equally unrepresented at Oxbridge ?
    4. Why are Chinese pupils so successful in our system?
    I have been teaching in multicultural schools since 1963 in London, Leeds, Southampton and Ethiopia. I was Head of 6th form of the High School in Leeds with the highest percentage of ethnic minority pupils and Headteacher of the only comprehensive in Hampshire with an anglo saxon minority. I have also spent 12 years at the other end of the social scale teaching in independent schools such as Lancing College, and several years in two international school in Ethiopia! Every teacher knows that the biggest factor effecting success at school is the home background, class, culture – whatever you call it; and the second biggest factor is class size.
    He makes valid points with regard to the details of current government policy but I and thousands of teachers cannot accept his basic premises.

    Frank Rispin

    With reference to “No black in baccalaureate” by David Gillborn 13-6-2011.
    Here were go again. Always blame the teachers and the schools for the poor performance of Afro Caribbean students in UK schools.
    Could I ask him the following questions please ?
    1. Why do Afro Caribbean girls do much better than boys, and far more of them go on to Higher Education. Are the teachers sexist as well as racist ?
    2. Why do British Asians in our state school system do better than any other group. Are teachers fussy in whom they direct their racism at ? Why do kids with Bangladeshi and Patra Sikh backgrounds not do as well as those from middle class Asian families ?
    3. Why are white working class kids equally unrepresented at Oxbridge ?
    4. Why are Chinese pupils so successful in our system?
    I have been teaching in multicultural schools since 1963 in London, Leeds, Southampton and Ethiopia. I was Head of 6th form of the High School in Leeds with the highest percentage of ethnic minority pupils and Headteacher of the only comprehensive in Hampshire with an anglo saxon minority. I have also spent 12 years at the other end of the social scale teaching in independent schools such as Lancing College, and several years in two international school in Ethiopia! Every teacher knows that the biggest factor effecting success at school is the home background, class, culture – whatever you call it; and the second biggest factor is class size.
    He makes valid points with regard to the details of current government policy but I and thousands of teachers cannot accept his basic premises.

    Frank Rispin

    With reference to “No black in baccalaureate” by David Gillborn 13-6-2011.
    Here were go again. Always blame the teachers and the schools for the poor performance of Afro Caribbean students in UK schools.
    Could I ask him the following questions please ?
    1. Why do Afro Caribbean girls do much better than boys, and far more of them go on to Higher Education. Are the teachers sexist as well as racist ?
    2. Why do British Asians in our state school system do better than any other group. Are teachers fussy in whom they direct their racism at ? Why do kids with Bangladeshi and Patra Sikh backgrounds not do as well as those from middle class Asian families ?
    3. Why are white working class kids equally unrepresented at Oxbridge ?
    4. Why are Chinese pupils so successful in our system?
    I have been teaching in multicultural schools since 1963 in London, Leeds, Southampton and Ethiopia. I was Head of 6th form of the High School in Leeds with the highest percentage of ethnic minority pupils and Headteacher of the only comprehensive in Hampshire with an anglo saxon minority. I have also spent 12 years at the other end of the social scale teaching in independent schools such as Lancing College, and several years in two international school in Ethiopia! Every teacher knows that the biggest factor effecting success at school is the home background, class, culture – whatever you call it; and the second biggest factor is class size.
    He makes valid points with regard to the details of current government policy but I and thousands of teachers cannot accept his basic premises.

    Frank Rispin

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