Sunday, March 13, 2005

Educational apartheid?

Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission for Racial Equality has caused a stir recently with suggesting a debate on whether Black boys should be taught separately for some school classes after seeing successful work done in the US.

Mr Vaz has dubbed the plans 'educational apartheid' in CRE boss accused of apartheid schooling, from The Independent. The Leicester Mercury carries a short story, MP attacks idea to teach Black boys separately with reaction from Vaz and Phillips. There has been no mass panic in the Letters aisle though, it seems the people of Leicester won't be drawn on this one. Probably because Asian kids tend to do quite well in school. We all know Vaz is Asian Everyman but has he now extended this to BME Everyman? Is there no-one a little better placed to comment on this?

Race chief defends 'classroom apartheid' from the Times is something of a misleading headline obviously, the point being that Phillips doesn't see it as necessarily a bad thing. That article has teaching organisation feedback.

Some of these articles make reference to Leicester East having the highest proportion of ethnic minority voters of all constituencies in the country. Does this honour really belong to us? I had been under the impression that it was David Lammy's Tottenham seat that carried the accolade. Maybe there are no precise figures, as a quick search doesn't throw anything up. I will investigate.

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