Voiceof Scotland; Rowena Arshad, the Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland, Believes Children Should Be Taught as Soon as Possible about Different Races and Religions Because It's Important Tomorrow's Citizens Are Able to Live and Work in a Diverse World

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Voiceof Scotland; Rowena Arshad, the Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland, Believes Children Should Be Taught as Soon as Possible about Different Races and Religions Because It's Important Tomorrow's Citizens Are Able to Live and Work in a Diverse World


WE teach children from an early age about road safety because traffic can kill.

So I don't understand why we find it controversial or difficult to discuss with children values, attitudes and racism because negative and racist attitudes can also damage people.

Young children do not attach negative values to colour or differences, but are given their values by adults, so adults have to help young people be comfortable with diversity.

There is a knee-jerk reaction by many schools to racism where it tends to be taken more seriously when there is a problem or legislative requirement.

We still have a "wha's like us?" attitude in Scotland, which does not allow those who are not like us to be seen as normal or equals.

But I wonder how inclusive young people from minority ethnic groups really feel?

On the surface, everything looks inclusive. But I think those who are different don't always think that difference can be positive. Because schools have an anti-bullying policy, they assume everything is fine. But research suggests, particularly between primary four and seven, issues such as racist name-calling and racist bullying are evident.

In secondary school, there may be more group to group divisions which are just as likely to be based on where you live and your class as racial grounds.

But schools need to play smarter and realise it is not just about bullying.

They need to understand how to take the issue into all areas of curriculum on a daily basis and not just deal with incidents as they arise or when they are reading Anne Frank or learning about Martin Luther King.

In maths for instance, teachers might choose to use racial incident statistics when calculating percentages. Or they could use the census to calculate the numbers of black minority ethnic people.

These methods familiarise young people with contemporary issues as well as introducing diversity but within a subject context - learning percentages. …

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