Ethnic awareness

14th September 2007 at 01:00
White teachers should learn to see their whiteness as a racial identity, in order to prevent them from perceiving ethnic minority pupils as "the other". Lisa Mazzei, of Manchester Metropolitan University, claimed that white teachers tend to see themselves as without race. The result, she says, is a desire to make ethnic minority pupils more like themselves. Dr Mazzei highlighted the absence of discussion on white identity during teacher training courses. She believes that trainee teachers should examine the white norms that underlie their own practice in order to prepare themselves for working with pupils from a range of ethnic backgrounds. This would help remove homogeneity from schools.

* l.mazzei@mmu.ac.uk

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