Let's beat bigotry

26th January 2007 at 00:00
As a result of recent media coverage arising from Celebrity Big Brother, Education Secretary Alan Johnson has said schools should do more to make clear that racism and bigotry are wrong. But 50 years' research evidence shows that such attitudes and behaviour start long before children go to school. Unless they get opportunities to learn to accept people's differences, many will learn to be racially prejudiced.

If Mr Johnson is serious, he should support and promote the pioneering work being done with pre-school children, both here and in Northern Ireland, to enable them to learn positive attitudes before the negative ones become entrenched. It is time we all took note of this research. Schools will then benefit from working with children who have already thought about and talked about these issues.

Jane Lane, Advocate worker for racial equality in the early years, Reading

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


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