The founder and headteacher of Michaela Community School, Katharine Birbalsingh, advised against educational practices that could increase rather than cure the problem of racism. She stated on GB News that the goal of attending to school is to provide children with a good education. She reacted angrily to the notion that children were being taught that white children were oppressors and non-white children were oppressed.
Ms Birbalsingh expressed her concern that youngsters at a UK school had been divided based on race in order to discuss white privilege.
“Ultimately, we must ask ourselves what is the goal of education,” she remarked.
“What is the purpose of sending our children to school?” School, in my opinion, is about teaching children a variety of subjects such as math, English, history, geography, and so on.
“It’s not about attempting to divide children based on race.”
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“In our country, there was a programme called ‘The School That Tried to Stop Racism,'” Ms Birbalsingh remarked.
“And they separated the white children from the non-white children in the school.” White students were taught about white privilege and how they should feel guilty about it, while non-whites were made to feel oppressed and white children were made to feel oppressors.
“It’s troubling; I don’t believe this is a means to end racism; I believe it is a way to exacerbate racism, because you want to get to a point where race isn’t such an issue in society when you want to move away from racism.”
“I believe we’ve come a long way until the last few years, when race has become a more contentious issue than it was, say, ten years ago.”