ERIC Number: EJ719246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: 79
Race, Ethnicity and Education under New Labour
Oxford Review of Education, v31 n1 p153-171 Mar 2005
From 1997 the New Labour government was eager to affirm a commitment to social justice and racial equality, and initially there were moves to address some long-standing educational grievances. But a continuation of Conservative market policies of choice and diversity in schooling and a targeting of 'failing' schools exacerbated school segregation and racial inequalities. Policies intended to improve the achievement of minority groups have had some success, but the higher achievements of Indian and Chinese groups have led to facile comparisons which further pathologise young people of African-Caribbean and Pakistani origin. Failure to develop a curriculum for a multiethnic society has contributed to an increase in xenophobia and racism, and there were no educational policies to deal with increased hostility towards young Muslims. Home Office policies targeting refugees and asylum seekers have encouraged racial hostility towards their children despite amended race relations legislation.
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Minority Groups, School Segregation, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Student Diversity, Educational Policy, Immigrants, Higher Education, Refugees, English (Second Language)
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom