BAME history, racial & ethnic studies part of the British educational curriculum.

BAME history, racial & ethnic studies part of the British educational curriculum.

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Claire Shaw started this petition to Department of Education

Teaching racial & ethnic studies from early stages of development and throughout education will help to prevent racial prejudices forming. It also promotes respect for and acceptance of each other’s differences. Children should be taught an in depth understanding of the reasons behind the physical and cultural differences of human beings of different descent from both a scientific and social perspective. Including a scientific understanding of why people appear physically different based on ethnic background, environmental factors and migrational isolation. Cultural studies should incorporate unbiased examination of all cultures and lifestyles and teach that no particular way of life or culture is superior to another.  When teaching human anatomy Caucasian features should not be used as default but a broad and mixed spectrum of examples or from a racially ambiguous perspective. 
Black and Asian history should be taught alongside white history throughout historical education not just for a month of the year. History should not be separated into black, Asian or white history but taught and treated as equal contribution to human history and development. This dismantles the ideas that people are separated by colour or that people of any one colour have contributed more to historical achievement. Children of colour  deserve to learn about the history of their  ancestors and cultures throughout the entirety of their education. All children should understand the importance of all historical contributions regardless of colour. The history we are taught is highly inaccurate and this needs to be addressed. We should be taught about colonisation and genocide and stop celebrating racists and slave owners / traders as heroes. An example of inaccurate historical teachings is the depiction of Ancient Egyptians as white. These inaccuracies spread false and damaging narratives and our children deserve to be taught truth rather than lies that feed a racist agenda. Children should also be taught about the theory of cultural relativism as a social study. This proposes that our individual beliefs and moral compass are not defined by objective fact but rather the culture of which they originate. By understanding that no particular culture or belief system is right or wrong children will develop greater acceptance of different cultures. This will teach children to respect other cultures and traditions that may not correlate with their own beliefs. Heroes and pioneers of history of all people and cultures regardless of colour should be celebrated equally. It should be taught that people should not be separated by categories but we are all part of one species, the human race. 

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