Chances for all

5th July 1996 at 01:00
I refer to your article "Search for respect causes problems"(TES, June 2), based on the Runnymede Trust's recent report on the alienation of young African-Caribbean people. My concern is the extent to which you place the onus on young black people themselves, implying they are primarily to blame for their position.

Our report clearly shows that, despite their negative situation, young black people expressed a clear desire to do well. The emphasis on the "body language and behaviour of Afro-Caribbean boys", as stated in your opening paragraph, is certainly not one which I would have picked out as the key to understanding our report.

Far from ascribing the relative academic failure of young African-Caribbeans to some innate delinquency, I wish to stress that our report identified a significant range of outside factors at play.

A vital element is the dearth of black parent governors whose insight and experience of living and working in Britain is sorely missed in governing bodies. Another factor is the cultural gap between teachers and young African-Caribbeans.

Furthermore, one also has to acknowledge that many young African-Caribbean people feel that regardless of how well they perform at school their chances of achieving gainful employment are poor. This is a recipe for alienation and disaffection.

We must ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to realise their full potential.

SUKHVINDER STUBBS

The Runnymede Trust

133 Aldersgate Street

London EC1

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now