A survey of 6,000 schoolchildren has found widespread misconceptions about the number of immigrants and non-white people living in England, as well as negative attitudes towards Muslims and those born overseas.
And who organised this survey, and were parents consulted before their children took part in such a blatant political stunt?
Well, the first part’s easy:
The research was carried out by the charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) and based on questionnaires sent to more than 60 schools around the country from 2012 to 2014.
It should come as no surprise that the Common Purpose-infected school system willingly agreed to give their oh-so-valuable time for something so political…
Ged Grebby, SRTRC’s chief executive, said the findings raised serious questions about the information young people were getting from the media and sharing online, and warned that more needed to be done to prevent them succumbing to far-right ideologies.
Grebby said that the attitudes in the survey mirrored the experience of his staff, who give talks and lessons in schools up and down the country every week. But he said there was evidence that these attitudes changed among young people who had attended SRTRC’s workshops.
Grebby said: “SRTRC’s educational model is built around the need to ensure young people have the critical thinking skills necessary to challenge inaccurate information and build resilience towards the adoption of potentially prejudicial attitudes. It is only once we acknowledge the existence of these attitudes and identify the influences at work that we can deliver the right kind of educational interventions to help build capacity to resist racist ideas and attitudes among young people.”
Translation: “Gimmie more money and access to your children, and I’ll show those Jesuits a thing or two!”
I wonder what Ged thinks of Bahar Mustafa? Ahhh, who am I kidding. He probably plans on offering her a job…