Equality Minister slams

Equality Minister slams


The Conservative MP insisted pupils should receive a comprehensive education instead of being brought up with a black and white perspective of history. Several campaigns have emerged in the past few months urging the Government to “decolonise” the British history curriculum to provide students with more balance teaching. But Ms Badenoch suggested some of the proponents of the change have rather been pushing for a more divisive approach.

Speaking to BBC podcast Political Thinking, the Equality Minister said: “I look at what my daughter’s taught and it’s completely different.

“I wouldn’t want her to have what I had but what she is being taught is a history that just can’t be separated from European or white history, and which has an oppression narrative around it.

“There is so much more to black people than being oppressed and being victims.

“So, I had in my history lesson both good and bad black people, people who did good things and people who did bad things. 

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“Whereas the way that certain people want the history curriculum to be taught is about good people being black people, bad people being white people. I think that’s wrong.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson also insisted schools should strive to teach both “the good and bad about history” rather than giving prominence to just one side.

Mr Williamson said: “It is really important that the history taught in schools looks at the rich diversity and tapestry that has made our nation so great, and the important role that people from all backgrounds have played in our history.

“I would always want schools to be celebrating our great nation’s history and the important role that we have played in the world and shaping the world for the better.”

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The Conservative frontbencher said the Government should make “sure we are always reflective of the diversity and of all those people who have had an important role in making the history of our nation.”

The history curriculum has resurfaced as a debating point amidst the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement across the world during the summer.

Protests in the UK have resulted in campaigners demanding universities, schools and institutions review their internal policies on lessons about controversial historical figures.

The history of the British Empire and the role the UK played at the height of colonisation has particularly attracted the fury of activists demanding the curricula is overhauled completely.

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Prominent private schools have announced they are setting out plans to modify their current history lessons in a bid to “decolonise” the teaching offered to pupils.

Ampleforth, Fettes, St Paul’s and Winchester are believed to be “formulating new approaches” to instruct their students about the history of colonisation.

In a statement released in June, Winchester said: “We have initiated a review into the school’s culture and practices, and it is our intention that this review will conclude next term.

“A major focus will be our curriculum and our desire to teach beyond the traditional syllabus by applying a global perspective and a broader range of source material.”

Oxford University was also forced into taking action after campaigners began to demonstrate for the removal of the controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College.





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