ERIC Number: EJ720922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 44
"There's a War against Our Children": Black Educational Underachievement Revisited
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n5 p585-598 Nov 2005
This paper focuses on the educational experiences of a group of African Caribbean and mixed "race" young people from the perspectives of their parents. The discussion is set within a national context where children of African Caribbean origin are one of the lowest achieving minority ethnic groups in the UK and are disproportionately one of the highest ethnic groups of children excluded from school. The parents recount a pattern of cumulative negative experiences which for many of the children results in academic underachievement and becoming demotivated to learn, by a system that they feel has rejected them, or imposed exclusion. The story is hardly new but it provides important further evidence that schools need to tackle head-on factors such as low teacher expectations and negative stereotyping of young black people and their contribution to black underachievement.
Descriptors: Underachievement, Educational Experience, Minority Groups, Foreign Countries, Racial Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Stereotypes, Teacher Expectations of Students, Parent Attitudes
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Primary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom