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Racism in British Schooling

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Iftilsi, Feb 8, 2016.

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  1. Iftilsi

    Iftilsi New commenter

    The problems of racism in the school system and wider society are permanent features of Western society and will become more entrenched and institutionalised. On this basis it is time to build a new kind of education, which can equip students with the necessary instrumental skills to participate in society; that does not prejudice experience of Black young people; and one that critically engages with the endemic racism present in British society. Developing an education from a Black critical perspective can be a part of mounting a significant challenge to the racism that lies at the heart of British society.

    There is the increase alienation of the UK’s British Muslim population, through stigmatism and increasing inflammatory anti-immigrant/foreigner propaganda – which is doing more to marginalize than to integrate its citizens. A fact of life is that these are descendants of the former British Empire/Commonwealth on which the sun never set, many that have lived in the UK for generations, but have kept their religious beliefs, cultures and traditions, remaining largely within their own communities perhaps because the UK itself has its own highly stratified class system with little integration flexibility between its own ranks which has left its former colonies somewhat side-lined. The anti-Muslim drumbeat is relentless. In the wake of the “Trojan horse”onslaught against mainly Muslim state schools in Birmingham, which branded conservative religiosity “extremism”, politically directed Ofsted inspectors have now turned their attention to east London. Six Muslim schools in Tower Hamlets have been failed and a majority-Muslim state secondary school with good results has been put in special measures because of risks of “extremism”.

    Native Brits must learn to respect and tolerate those who are different. The needs and demands of the Muslim community are different from those of natives. Muslims are in Britain not to give up their cultural heritage. They must integrate in their new home country, learn new languages and apply for political representation -- without forgetting their cultural heritage. It is important to learn Standard English, but their languages should not be neglected. They need Masajid and grave yards. Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also.
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    This is nothing to do with a Islamic Madrassa in Pakistan. The needs and demands of British Muslims are different from Muslims living in Pakistan.

    British schools are not doing enough to tackle racism and promote race relations. Many teachers are unaware of racist attitudes amongst pupils. Schools have a responsibility not only to deal with racist incidents but also to prepare pupils for life in a multicultural and multiracial society.

    Children from minority groups, especially the Muslims, are exposed to the pressure of racism, multiculturalism and bullying. They suffer academically, culturally and linguistically: a high proportion of children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are leaving British schools with low grades or no qualification.

    In the 1980s, the Muslim community in Britain started to set up Muslim schools. The first was the
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    which I established and which operating from 1981-86. Now there are 188 schools educating approximately 10% Muslim pupils. Very few schools are state funded.

    Prince Charles, while visiting the first grant maintained Muslim school in north London, said that the pupils would be the future ambassadors of Islam. But what about thousands of others, who attend state schools deemed to be "sink schools"?

    The television newscaster Sir Trevor McDonald is a champion of introducing foreign modern languages even at primary level in schools in Britain. The Muslim community would like to see Arabic, Urdu and other community languages introduced at nursery, primary and secondary schools along with European languages so that Muslim pupils have these options.

    In education, there should be a choice and at present it is denied to the Muslim community. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I floated the idea of Muslim community schools, I was declared a "school hijacker" by an editorial in the Newham Recorder newspaper in east London. This clearly shows that the British media does not believe in choice and diversity in the field of education and has no respect for those who are different.

    A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit. The whole world belongs to Muslims. He/she must learn and be well versed in Standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time, he/she must learn and be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry. For a Muslim English is an economic language and Arabic is a religious while Urdu and other community languages are their social and emotional languages.
     
  2. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    If you actually believe all this tosh, you're better off leaving Britain (& indeed Europe, I'd say) and finding somewhere more in line with your wishes.

    So why not start saving for your ticket now? Or decide to fit in with Western society. 'When in Rome....'
     
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  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

  4. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    The "original" article(s) is also missing the point that many Muslims are British, they were born here, their parents were born here, they speak English, wear British clothes, listen to Bristish (or maybe American) music and generally have British values.

    The only major difference is their religon, its not a race issue since Muslims can be of any race. Sure some have different cultures and customs but that equally applies to all British people across the UK, for example down here in the sunny South we don't put those digusting mushy peas on our chips.
     
  5. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

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  6. slstrong123

    slstrong123 New commenter

    What I really enjoy seeing 1st hand in secondary schools is teenagers of all races and religions being friends and showing genuine interest and support for each other as equal teenagers regardless of race, religion or gender. That's why schools in England can be so rewarding to work in. Maybe it's the 'adults' outside schools that need to open their eyes and stop their prejudices.
     
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  7. Iftilsi

    Iftilsi New commenter

    Children from minority groups, especially the Muslims, are exposed to the pressure of racism, multiculturalism and bullying. They suffer academically, culturally and linguistically: a high proportion of children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are leaving British schools with low grades or no qualification. The demand for state funded Muslim schools is nothing to do with segregation or integration. It is purely an educational issue. British schools are not doing enough to tackle racism and promote race relations. Many teachers are unaware of racist attitudes amongst pupils. Schools have a responsibility not only to deal with racist incidents but also to prepare pupils for life in a multicultural and multiracial society.

    I have been campaigning for state funded Muslim schools for the last 45 years. I set up the first Muslim school in London in 1981. Now there are 188 schools educating approximately 10% Muslim pupils and only 18 schools are state funded. I would like to see each and every Muslim child in a state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers. I hope my dream would come true one day.

    Indiscipline, incivility, binge drinking, drug addiction, gun and knife crimes, teenage pregnancies and abortion, homosexuality and gay marriages are part and parcel of British schooling. A Muslim is not allowed to adopt such values because they are un-Islamic. These are the reasons why majority of Muslim parents would like to send their children to Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. Muslim teacher is not a priority for higher studies and research. Only less than 10% attend Muslim schools and more than 90% keep on attending state and church schools to be mis-educated and de-educated by non-Muslim monolingual teachers.

    There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.
     
  8. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Really? Which language do Muslim children speak?
     
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  9. Iftilsi

    Iftilsi New commenter


    Children should be educated according to the needs and demands of the parents. There should be a positive c-relation between home and school. otherwise, children will suffer from identity crises.
    As far As English language is concerned, nobody is denying its value and focus should be on helping people learning English. Migrant community believes that an English language skill is key to ensuring equal access to services, opportunities and personal independence. The economic and social survival of bilingual Muslim community depends on English language but not at the cost of its mother tongue. It is a crime against humanity to deprive a community from its native tongue and cultural heritage. Muslim community is bilingual and does not believe in becoming monolingual Brits.

    Bilingualism is an asset and not a problem. DFE is spending millions so that young generation could learn a foreign language, including Arabic and Urdu. The survival of British Muslim community depends on learning English, Arabic, Urdu and other community languages for their economic, social, emotional and spiritual prosperity. The council has stopped community papers not for reducing spending but to force Muslims to read only English papers. Tomorrow, the council will stop teaching foreign languages in schools. It will also force Mosques and Imams to read Quran and perform all prayers in English, instead of Arabic. The stupid British politicians have already asked migrant families to use English at home with their children.

    I'm not sure how learning English will help stop extremism either, many of those who have carried out/plotted atrocities have been highly educated. Speaking English does not promote integration into British society, and broaden opportunities. English speaking Muslims still face discrimination in jobs, education and housing. English speaking Muslim youths are angry, frustrated and extremist, thanks to English language. English language is not only a lingua franca but also lingua frankensteinia. Human right also covers linguistic right. Cultural and linguistic genocide are very common. British schooling is murdering community languages like Arabic, Urdu and others. English is today the world killer language. Linguistic genocide is a crime against humanity and British schooling is guilty of committing this crime.
     
  10. Iftilsi

    Iftilsi New commenter


    Majority of Muslim children speak Urdu at home. Urdu is a linguafrancua language and is spoken and understood by majority of immigrants from the sub-continent. Nearly two dozen TV Channels and radio stations are broadcasting in Urdu/Hindi language. Arabic is their religious language while English is an economic language. A primary school teacher asking her pupils in the classroom: What do you call a person who speaks 3 languages? Trilingual! what do you call the person who speaks 2 languages? Bilingual. And what do you call a person who speaks only one language? British! A Muslim child must learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time he must learn and be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with his cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of his literature and poetry.

    Muslim children in state schools with non-Muslim teachers are not in a position to develop positive self-confidence and self-esteem. Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school.

    Muslim community would like to protect their children from the evils of the western society. You better educate your children and let Muslim community educate their children according the needs and demands of the parents.

    Muslim schools teach Muslim children that sex outside marriage is a sin. Homosexuality is also a sin. Sex before marriage and homosexuality are western values and Muslims are not supposed to adopt them.
     
  11. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    I have some Arabic, Turkish and Farsi speakers in my classes who might disagree with you. Not to mention the Bengali and Albanian / Kosovar speakers I've taught. You sure that you're not being a little narrow minded about the diversity of the Ummah living in Britain?

    Personally I think that it's essential for students to continue studying their own mother-tongue, and fully support the idea (and the fact) of strong Community Language programs in schools. I also agree that having Muslim teachers, police officers and (hopefully soon) Mayor, as active role models is also important. Where I suspect that our opinions diverge is your idea that schools should be 100% Muslim. If new arrivals to a country are to truly acculturate, then they need to be able to work, study and play alongside the people that are already there. It's not just about English, but also about the society's culture and mores. These are acquired during daily interaction. Racism and suspicion are also lessened where cultures meet and mingle. Having taught in Bradford (very separate communities), and East London (much more integrated), it's easy to see which of the 2 communities is the more successful.
     
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  12. Iftilsi

    Iftilsi New commenter

    It is easy to say" Go back to where you came from", but do not forget that British Muslims are actually born and educated here. They are in the unenviable position of trying to combine two different worlds. That is no easy. We do not want to change you lot but we would like to see our children getting balanced Islamic education along with National Curriculum. We would like our children to learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time we would like our children to learn and be well versed in Arabic, Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with their cultural roots and enjoy the beauty of their literature and poetry. A Muslim is a citizen of this tiny global village. He/she does not want to become notoriously monolingual Brit. Bilingualism is an asset but British schooling regards it as a problem.

    We live in a shrunken world and millions of people are on the move; one of our biggest challenges is how we learn to live in proximity to difference – different skin colours, different beliefs and different way of life. According to a study by COMPASS, Muslims born and educated were given the impression of outsiders. The perception among Muslims is that they are unwelcome in Britain is undermining efforts to help them integrate into wider society. Most of them say that they have experienced race discrimination and religious prejudice. Muslims and Islam is promoted a fundamentalist and separatist by the western elite, which have negative impact on community and social cohesion. The number of racist incidents occurring in London Borough of Redbridge’s schools have reached their highest levels since record begin.

    A City or a locality, where Muslims are in majority is a ghetto. There is a tendency for people of similar backgrounds to live together in neighbourhoods. The term ”ghettoisation” is inappropriate. The original ghettos in Europe during the middle ages were set up by law to confine the Jewish population to one area of a city. According to a research by an Australian academic that Muslim communities in Britain are being increasingly ghettoized in a trend that set back hopes of assimilation by years. Britain has now eight cities in the top 100 most ghettoized cities. The people from the Pakistani community in Bradford and Oldham and Leicester had trebled during the decade. A report by an academic Dr Alan Carling, that Bradford risks becoming a front line in the global clash between the West and Islam. But Islam and Muslims do not clash with the concepts of pluralism, secularism and globalisation. The native flight from Bradford’s inner-city wards showed clear evidence of an increase in segregation in the city since 1991. Native parents are avoiding sending their children in state schools where Muslims and other minorities are in majority. The dominance of Pakistani Muslims in the city has meant that Bradford has become bi-cultural.

    Immigrants are the creators of Britain new wealth, otherwise, inner cities deprived areas could not get new lease of life. The native Brits regard such areas as ghettoes. Integration is not religious and cultural, it is economic and Muslims are well integrated into British society and at the same time they are proud of their Islamic, linguistic and cultural identities, inspite of discrimination they have been facing in all walks of life. According to UN, 80% of British Muslims feel discriminated. They are less burden on social services. Immigrants made up 8.7% of the population, but accounted for 10.2% of all collected income taxIt is often quoted by the Western media that Muslim schools ghettoizes the children, and even lead to their radicalisation if they are not integrated. There is no evidence that faith schools lead to a “ghettoized education system. In British schools, pupils are encouraged to focus too much on their similarities rather than their differences.
     
  13. palmtree100

    palmtree100 Lead commenter

    Really? Maybe in areas where most Muslims are Pakistani. This is not the case in London. In my school we have a large number of Muslims but only a few Urdu speaking ones. The Muslims in my school come from Somalia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Algeria, Yemen, Sudan, Malaysia, Philipines, Bangladesh, Gambia, Nigeria to name a few off the top of my head, and yes, a handful from Pakistan.

    The Muslim children in my school, along with the other EAL children, are on average outperforming the monolingual, white British children, so I think your assertion that they are being held back by racism or whatever is outdated. I understand they sometimes lose touch with their culture, religion and heritage while growing up here but think that is an inevitable when you take your family and bring them up in a different country, and it's down to the family to keep the link going if they so wish, not the host country.

    A Muslim child in a non-faith state school learns how to be Muslim and live in a non-Muslim society. How to love and respect his fellow human beings of different faiths and none. Although this would be taught in Muslim schools (and I know this to be the case) as it is part of our faith, it is not so easy for children to put into practice unless they have real opportunities to live and work together. It is a struggle to maintain an identity that is different from the norm, but once you come through that lesson, you come out a stronger, more tolerant and balanced person. You learn from non-Muslims, and they learn from you.
     
  14. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Apart from the large numbers who don't.

    But you carry on generalising about "Muslim children", based entirely on your own, narrow experiences.
     
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  15. Maths_Shed

    Maths_Shed Occasional commenter

  16. Iftilsi

    Iftilsi New commenter

    Muslim children must be educated in state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers so that they could develop their cultural, linguistic and spiritual identities before they are exposed to wider society, otherwise, they would be lost in western jungle.

    Independent Islamic schools in Birmingham top GCSE pile
    Independent Islamic schools in Birmingham are proving to be cream of the crop when it comes to GCSE results, new figures have revealed.

    As teenagers across Birmingham are due to receive their GCSE results on Thursday, latest Department for Education statistics show that three Muslim schools in the city featured among the top 20 results last summer.

    Al-Burhan Grammar School, run from Spring Road Centre in Acocks Green, had 100 per cent of its pupils attaining at least five GCSEs grades A*-C including maths and English.

    Its website describes itself as an independent school offering an "Islamic environment" for girls aged 11 to 16.

    Head teacher Dr Mohammad Nasrullah said: "At Al-Burhan Grammar School for Girls we strive to equip our students with the knowledge, the skills and the values which will serve them best as individuals throughout their life in this world and in the hereafter.

    "We do this by offering a traditional grammar school education, supported by impressive computer technology, delivered in an Islamic environment."
    And Al-Furqan Community College in Tyseley, which is also for Muslim girls, came second in the league table.

    The independent school last year saw all of its pupils gaining at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C including maths and English - a staggering 27 per cent increase compared to 2013 when 73 per cent of pupils achieved the same benchmark standard.

    Meanwhile, coming 14th on the list of top schools was Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Small Heath where 81 per cent of its pupils achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C including maths and English.

    The school describes itself as being "specialised", providing a "balance of traditional Islamic education and national curriculum subjects".

    The school, set up 30 years ago, says it "aims for students to enjoy learning, achieve high standards in both Islamic and national curriculum subjects, to achieve and exceed individual potential and to build confidence within students to become valuable and active members of the community at large".
    Last year, Birmingham schools performed better than the national average, with 55.9 per cent of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C including maths and English compared to 53.4 per cent across England.

    The King Edward VI chain of state grammar schools proved to be an unstoppable force, with five being placed in the city's top 20.
     
  17. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    ["Muslim children must be educated in statefunded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers"]

    Segregation?

    Must?

    State funded?
     
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  18. Maths_Shed

    Maths_Shed Occasional commenter

    A quick search shows Al-Burhan is a fee paying selective school of 105 pupils. No wonder they get fantastic results, compare like with like please.
     
  19. Iftilsi

    Iftilsi New commenter

    The demand for state funded Muslim schools is in accordance with the law of the land. Muslim community is not asking for any favour. Muslim community pays all sorts of direct and indirect taxes.

    Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. Muslim teacher is not a priority for higher studies and research. This is purely an educational issue. It is nothing to do with segregation or integration.

    British schools are not doing enough to tackle racism and promote race relations. Many teachers are unaware of racist attitudes amongst pupils. Schools have a responsibility not only to deal with racist incidents but also to prepare pupils for life in a multicultural and multiracial society.

    Children from minority groups, especially the Muslims, are exposed to the pressure of racism, multiculturalism and bullying. They suffer academically, culturally and linguistically: a high proportion of children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are leaving British schools with low grades or no qualification.

    I have been campaigning for state funded Muslim schools for the last 45 years. I set up the first Muslim school in London in 1981. Now there are 188 schools educating approximately 10% Muslim pupils. Very few schools are state funded. There are only 18 Muslim schools which are state funded. I would like to see each and every Muslim child in a Muslim school and I hope one day my dream would come true.
    IA
     
  20. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Would you like to quote the relevant law?
     

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