A 'bauble' that adds real sparkle

20th October 2000 at 01:00
I WAS disturbed to read in Research Focus (TES, October 6) that inspectors of the Office for Standards in Education openly describe "race equality" as simply a destabilising Christmas tree bauble.

This is a travesty when race equality is a keystone in maintaining high standards and inclusion. Schools, especially the more reticent, are unlikely to be encouraged to review their practice when those who monitor progress are so dismissive about the merits and even, one might suggest, alarmed by the burden it unnecessarily creates.

urely it should be embedded in the roots of good practice, providing a sense of security wherein all individuals do not have to struggle to assert their own differing identities but are guaranteed respect and justice?

Only in this guise might it be useful to depict race equality as adding meaningful sparkle to school life.

Dr Charlotte Carter

Secondary literacy consultant

Birmingham advisory and support service

Martineau Centre

Balden Road

Horborne

Birmingham

School management, 27


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