Poorer Pupils Held Back By ‘Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations’ Says Michael Gove

At a very recent meeting at City Hall with an audience of teachers, The Education Secretary, Michael Gove said Britain has failed to create a “colour-blind” society. He added that schools need to stop promoting the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations’; claiming teachers refuse to believe that children from poor homes can achieve high standards.

Points made by Michael Gove:

  • A change in attitude is needed to address the “shocking, stubborn” gaps in educational attainment between black children, or those from ethnic minority backgrounds, and their peers
  • Black children are still at an educational disadvantage because Britain has failed to create a “truly colour-blind” society and providing good schools for all is the “civil rights battle of our time”.
  • Britain needs to fight just as hard as America for social justice, he added, to keep up the rate of progress and ultimately “fulfil the dream of equality”.
  • Free schools and academies are helping improve the academic results of black and ethnic minority children by providing “the sort of education traditionally available only to the privileged to those children who have historically been left behind”
  • The gap in achievement is still “far too large” and that the 20th anniversary of the racially motivated murderer of Stephen Lawrence, a black teenager, this year should “spur us to new action” in pursuit of equality.

“Twenty years on, we have to ask, have we created a truly colour-blind society in which every single child in this country, no matter what their background, no matter what their ethnicity, is given an equal opportunity to succeed?” “I don’t believe we have yet.”

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