education on black and minority history and culture in UK schools made compulsory

education on black and minority history and culture in UK schools made compulsory

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caitlin rimmer started this petition to Government and

I am a white teenager from a predominantly white area. I have been working on the civil rights movement in America for my A level history syllabus and the recent events in the US have led me to believe that, although the laws may have changed, racial discrimination is still deeply embedded.

But how racist is the UK? Between 2015 and 2017, if you were a student applying, you were twice as likely to get in to the University of Oxford if you were white rather than if you were black (24% as opposed to 12%). Particularly in education, inclusiveness is key to forming a more well-rounded and accepting society. In education, we don’t just learn from a teacher, we learn from each other which is why I think that black and minority culture and history should be added to the compulsory KS3 syllabus at the very least.

In the school years 7, 8 and 9 I believe that students are at their most open-minded and that this would be a prime period to educate them on the history of black and minority groups. I also believe that the education of children on the topic of different cultures should begin at the end of primary school for children in year 5 and 6. This would ensure that these children are better educated before moving on to secondary school - which is often more diverse.

Personally, I believe that knowledge on differing cultures and respecting the history of black and minority groups will help to create a more accepting and less prejudiced society for all. Racism isn’t just about what people say, it’s about how people act and how people think and hopefully, once educated, the actions and thoughts of people will be more positive.

**Whilst I understand that the syllabus for subjects such as history is meant to be centred on British history, it is the history of black and minority groups within the UK whose history is still not represented. The fact that some GCSE students know more about Tsardom in Russia than they do about international atrocities committed by the UK is genuinely horrifying. How are we meant to make a positive impact in the future if we are unaware of or unable to accept our past as a nation? Without being taught about different cultures and the struggles which minority groups and people of colour face, how can we truly overcome racism within British society? This education should be compulsory in every British school. I also think that conversations about race and inequality should happen within general studies hours for KS4 in order for students to learn from and teach each other.**

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