Let’s be honest about antiracist education
The key to tackling racism through education is the creation of diverse learning environments in which all young people feel comfortable discussing prejudice, writes Nuzhat Uthmani
I recently watched a two-part documentary based in a secondary school in London, The School That Tried to End Racism. As a teacher who has spent much of the coronavirus lockdown exploring my own beliefs around antiracist education and global citizenship, I was intrigued. Filmed in 2019, before the Covid-19 outbreak – and before the Black Lives Matter movement took off this year – the basis of the documentary was to encourage a group of both white and non-white students to think deeply about their experiences and understanding of race and ethnicity.
A three-week “experiment” was set up in ...