• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Assess the view that ethnic minority pupils are discriminated against in the education system.

Extracts from this document...


Priya Bahal Assess the view that ethnic minority pupils are discriminated against in the education system There are currently significant differences in the educational attainment of ethnic minority pupils compared to their white peers, as shown in the statistics from Social Trends. There are many possible factors that may account for this and for the purposes of this essay I will explore the idea of discrimination against ethnic minority pupils. Some pupils may be treated differently either due to racism or inaccurate views made by the teachers which lead to labelling. The Swan Report was done in 1985 in Britain after it was felt that research should be conducted into the differing attainments of ethnic minority pupils. This report concluded that there was not much racism in Britain at that time and if there was, it may have been from resources such as books so is consequently dying out. Due to the age of the Swan Report, its findings may not be as valid today, so this would indicate that the amount of racism, if any, would have decreased dramatically. ...read more.


From this, it can be said there is very little or no discrimination against ethnic minorities as schemes have even been introduced to reduce the small amount of covert racism. From primary school research Cecile Wright found that teachers gave Asian girls; less attention, perceived them as an annoyance and spoke to them in simple language. From a personal point of view, I have not experienced this and consequently feel that this view is a little out-of-date. It may have occurred when new immigrants arrived to this country as their language skills would have been minimal and people would not have been used to seeing pupils from other ethnic groups. However, today, Britain is a multicultural country and up to four generations of ethnic minority families have settled here, so their language skills have dramatically improved and they are no longer seen as an addition to the country, but more part of it. This therefore, disproves Wright's work and shows that ethnic minority pupils are not discriminated against. Aside from racism, labelling from teachers is another factor that may cause discrimination to ethnic minority pupils. ...read more.


Some of the later immigrants may have language barriers that may cause problems with their educational ability, resulting in them not doing as well. Finally, the family background of all the different cultures is so vast that it would be another factor affecting their achievement. Overall, I feel the view that ethnic minority pupils are being discriminated against in the education system is not a fair judgement to make as we have seen there are many issues that go with this subject. For example, the idea of discrimination can be interpreted in many different ways. It could be direct racism in which a child is singly stereotyped and discriminated against, or a milder form where a cohort of people are having ethnocentric teaching. The consequent issue that needs to be tackled is that if there is not labelling then why is there such a difference in the abilities of ethnic groups. Personally, I feel this is due to the smaller issues as discussed earlier which are different to each ethnic group hence causing the different levels of ability. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification essays

  1. The education system is meritocratic

    the welfare state which is the introduction of free schooling, free healthcare, pensions and sick pay and this has made a dependant society which has a lack of responsibility and because of this new culture of dependency there has to be a lot of money spent by the government to keep society running.

  2. Assess the view that the underachievement of some ethnic minority pupils is the result ...

    Deprivation and racism are also important factors that shape culture and these need to be tackled rather than simply blaming parents. Hence Pilkington believed that family life was the influential factor for underachievement of ethnic minority pupils. This study is still further supported by Jones who sees social class as the reason for underachievement of some ethnic minority pupils.

  1. essay question sociology - education

    Sugarman talks about working class subcultures( values and norms) affect their attainment of higher education and performance in school. Working class children are socialized to immediate gratification versus middle class children who are future oriented, working class kids therefore leave from school at an early age. They talk about Fatalism- that is they will be the part of the

  2. Is the Underachievement of Ethnic Minority Children due to a Racist School System?

    have a much more in-depth view into the reasons for ethnic minority underachievement in education. This is because my questions are open-ended and produce qualitative data, giving me the chance to hear what the respondent really feels and thinks. Advantages of this method is that I will have a higher

  1. Following the publication of the Macpherson Report, the police service has been accused of ...

    However due to the 1999 report the public were suddenly bombarded with accusations of institutional racism within the police. This sudden awareness of racism caused communities to develop an increased concern for racism. This amplified concern for something they were previously oblivious to, caused a greater mistrust to be felt by the minority communities for the police.

  2. Assess whether those from ethnic minorities achieve less in education than those from other ...

    they are less capable, but possibly due to their culture, different areas of education are more important to them than other ethnic groups. Other evidence suggesting that gender is important within ethic groups is that Pakistani and Bangladeshi women appear to perform worse than anyone else.

  1. "There is evidence of racism in schools and this is a significant factor in ...

    of other factors that could lead to an explanation of ethnic differences in educational attainment must be explained. One such factor is language. A majority of Asian households only see English as a substitute language due to fact that many Asian parents were not brought up speaking English nor were they brought up in England.

  2. Outline and assess the view that the role of the education system is to ...

    working class from education implies that they are doomed to failure and therefore does not account for the success of the working class.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work