Disillusioned black Oxford students unwilling to help attract others | Education

Some black students at Oxford University say they are so disillusioned by its failure to tackle racism that they no longer feel comfortable working on outreach programmes to attract others to follow in their footsteps, a leading BAME society has said. The Oxford African and Caribbean Society (ACS), the university’s main group representing black students, said it remained committed to widening access, but more needed to be done to foster an inclusive and anti-racist environment. “I cannot in good conscience…

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‘White guilt on its own won’t fix racism’: decolonising Britain’s schools | Education

The medley of jubilant black, brown and white faces cheering the destruction of Edward Colston’s statue has had many rethinking. Discussing even. Britain, a nation not keen on making much of a fuss, is having to talk about slavery. For too long we would rather have dunked our digestives into mugs of tea and not bothered with dredging up our past. But what if we had all learned at school that the history of our great British brew is inseparable…

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Something every parent should do, all the time – Education Article

Quarterback Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, walks off the field at halftime during the NFL Pro Bowl football game in January, 2020. Brees has recently come under fire for his comment, about players who take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, that he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.” The statement, says Hechinger columnist Andre Perry, demonstrates the deliberate blindness of many in the white community…

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New UK teachers’ union chief: ‘Institutional racism in schools has got to be addressed’ | Education

As the son of immigrant workers new to the UK, and growing up in the West Midlands, Patrick Roach never imagined he would one day be a trade union leader on first-name terms with government ministers. His parents, however, who arrived from Jamaica in the 1960s, believed in the power of education to change lives and were ambitious for him. So the new general secretary of the NASUWT, the 300,000-member teachers’ union, who took up his post in April, went…

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Calls grow for black history to be taught to all English school pupils | Education

Pressure is mounting on the government to review the national curriculum and make the teaching of black history mandatory for all pupils in schools in England. Campaigners are collecting signatures for an open letter to be sent this week to the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, calling on him to make the teaching of black history compulsory in primary and secondary school and across a range of different subject areas. The campaign, led by a group called the Black Curriculum, has attracted…

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Oxford students to get anti-bias training after George Floyd ‘joke’ at hustings | University of Oxford

An Oxford college has ordered staff and students to undergo training to combat racial bias after an undergraduate made a “joke” drawing a comparison between protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and flour shortages. The comments, described as racist and trivialising by witnesses, were made during a virtual hustings event by a candidate for the position of “cake rep” – a welfare position on the junior common room committee at Christ Church college. The student, who has…

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Plans to reopen English schools ‘fail to address risk to BAME staff’ | Education

A leading teaching union has warned the prime minister that plans to reopen schools more widely next month fail to address that coronavirus poses a greater risk to black and minority ethnic pupils and staff. Patrick Roach, the general secretary of the NASUWT, called on Boris Johnson to ensure that the government’s approach to reopening state education will address the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME people. In his letter, the union leader requested urgent clarification from ministers that they…

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Cambridge University assigns white academic to look at slavery links | Education

The equal rights campaigner and former Labour politician Trevor Phillips has criticised the University of Cambridge’s “bizarre” decision to appoint a white academic as head of a study into the institution’s historical links with slavery. Prof Martin Millett of Fitzwilliam College is to oversee the two-year research project, which will investigate ways in which the university “contributed to or benefited from the Atlantic slave trade and other forms of coerced labour during the colonial era” in an effort to “acknowledge…

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Despite what Trump says, my Chinese students are not the face of this virus | Kristen Brownell | Education

Long before most of the US population, it seems the coronavirus was in my proverbial backyard. An urgent knock came on my office door in mid-February. I opened the door to find one of my students with tears pouring down her face. Just moments before, she had been told that her parents, who lived in China, had succumbed to Covid-19. She would not be able to return for their funerals. She’s an only child. As I would soon learn, this…

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Want black students to feel at home? Don’t ignore the little things | Education

As I ate breakfast on the morning of my Cambridge interview, I took in every detail of the room. It’s not every day you get to eat in a Harry Potter-style great hall. My eyes settled on the portraits that lined the walls. Each was a former college master who, without exception, was an old white man. I remember enjoying the irony that some of these men would have been mortified by my presence in their college. That said, by…

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Cambridge may drop BAME mentoring of white academics | Education

Cambridge University may scrap a controversial mentoring scheme to help senior white academics and managers tackle institutional racism because some of those involved have failed to take its work seriously. Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff (BAME) who “reverse-mentored” senior white colleagues also found participating in the scheme to be a burden, according to Joanna Jasiewicz, an equality and diversity consultant at the university. This was partly due to a lack of commitment by some mentees, she added. The pilot…

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I found racist graffiti in my own classroom. And yet my first reaction was denial | Peter Olusoga | Opinion

What do you do if you’re a teacher and one of your students writes the N-word in your classroom? Well in my case, it turns out that you try to convince yourself that you haven’t seen what you thought you saw. I’m a senior lecturer in psychology in a multicultural city. My adult life has been largely protected from the more visceral acts of racism that I read about every day, and I’m grateful for that privilege. I was a…

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Seattle’s highly capable program need to be integrated – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. The Seattle School Board is taking steps to dismantle a gifted and talented program at one of its middle schools to make room for a more racially inclusive curriculum. Gifted and talented, or G&T, programs are directed at children whose outstanding abilities and potential for accomplishment will not otherwise be…

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Universities must do more for black students, warns watchdog | Education

Universities in England have been warned they need to improve their treatment of students, after new data revealed stark gaps in achievement for black students and higher drop-out rates for students with mental health difficulties or from disadvantaged backgrounds. The figures released by the Office for Students, the higher education regulator for England, marks a shift towards a new focus on how students from different backgrounds cope with university life, what class of degree they emerge with and what they…

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Race-Conscious Reading For Preschool | The Educators Room – Education Article

Guest Writer: Marisa Lark Wallin Initiating conversations about race and culture in your regular reading can help young children resist being socialized into white supremacy. Black Lives Matter At School national week of action will happen this February 3-7, 2020. There are many things you can do to participate in the movement individually or with your school/place of work for that week—or all year long. You can visit the official site for more information about Black Lives Matter At School,…

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Black female professors must deal with bullying to win promotion, report finds | Education

Black female professors have to overcome bullying, stereotyping and institutional neglect in order to win promotion, according to a damning new report of their experiences working at British universities. In interviews with 20 of the total 25 black female professors working in UK universities, Nicola Rollock, the report’s author, said that their experiences made for depressing reading. “What they are saying is that their entire careers have been characterised by abuse and exclusion, and that their race has been the…

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