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Assess the view that children from ethnic minorities under-achieve in education because of discrimination and stereo typing in schools.

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Sociology Essay Q. Assess the view that children from ethnic minorities under-achieve in education because of discrimination and stereotyping in schools (20) A. This view of whether children from ethnic minorities achieve less in school is based upon whether schools provide educational equality. The Education Act of 1944 perpetuates the idea that the British education system is a force prompting social mobility based on merit. However it is clear that certain characteristics of students such as race or gender can influence educational achievement. When looking at teachers and how they approach students from ethnic minorities Wright (1992) found that staffs in four multiracial schools were committed to the idea of educational opportunity. ...read more.


As well as discrimination and stereotyping by teachers within schools there are also many 'outside' explanations on why children from ethnic-minorities under achieve in education. One of these reasons is linguistic deprivation; it is easy to understand that some student will experience difficulties in learning because English is not their first language. There is some evidence that speakers of black British English may be labelled as less able because of the form of language that they use. A consequence is that such students may well feel discriminated against and actually use their language to 'resist' schooling, (Mac and Gail 1988). Thomson (1984) points out that teachers assume that they share the same language with all their pupils, but those teachers usually operate with a dominant form of language that not all student will understand. ...read more.


Post-modernists argue that a simple comparison of the experiences of black, white or Asian students is simplistic and unhelpful. The categories are crude, they ignore many other minority groups, but also there are differences within the categories. Crude typologies ignore the diversity of cultural identities in contemporary Britain. Postmodernists argue that the fluid and diverse nature of contemporary society makes attempts to explain education in blanket terms, such as class, gender or race, as both foolishly inadequate and likely to be hopelessly inaccurate. In conclusion it can be seen that although ethnic minorities do under achieve in school it can not be solely blamed on the institutional racism or stereotyping which still exists in schools as there are many different aspects of their lives which may effect educational success for these groups. By Richard Carter 12/5 ...read more.

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