David Cameron should worry less about ethnic minorities getting into university and start speaking up for the white working class

The Telegraph is reporting that top universities don’t admit enough white children. 

Last year, 34 per cent of British Asian girls poor enough to qualify for free school meals went to university, and 19 per cent of black boys of similar poverty. For poor white boys, it was 9 per cent; their sisters did little better. That 9 per cent figure is horrific, a mark of shame for a society that likes to think itself free and open and at least somewhat meritocratic.

Some adults with no experience of higher education naturally struggle to explain its merits to their children – especially when it comes with a five-figure price tag. Others just can’t bear the thought of their kids moving away from the place their family has called home for generations.

There are wider social questions too, about the role models we offer the young. Many Asian children, poor and rich alike, want to be like the Asian doctors and lawyers and business people they see on the screen and in real life. If you see a successful white working-class man on your television, the odds are he’s a footballer.

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  1. Busy Mum

    Absolutely – but when it was apparent that this was going to happen, anybody who spoke out was denounced as a racist, or white supremacist.

  2. Nairb1

    Rubbish. ‘Spoke out’ in what way which brought an accusation of racism? Can you give examples? The focus of some Asian families especially of Indian background, compared with poorer white families, on attaining well at school has been well known for years. A report suggested that the success of the London Challenge could at least in part be attributed to the attitude of ethnic minority families. No accusation of racism there … if anywhere.
    Speak up for white pupils? What about the DfE / Ofsted East Midlands Challenge, specifically focused on improving the attainment of white working class boys.

  3. Busy Mum

    Nairb1 A non-English but Caucasian friend of my daughter was researching uni courses during a careers session at school. She realised that the one she was interested in was only open to BAME students and voiced her frustration by saying aloud that she could easily get on this course if only she was black. Cue shocked (white)teacher, the inevitable racism charge, and dismissal from the classroom.
    One of my daughters is not able to apply for an internship at the FO simply because she is white. We are a not-well-off white family – skilled working class – she has done well at the local comp through sheer hard work and dedication, but now finds doors are closed due to her skin colour. 
    I could go on…..

  4. gov2

    Seems a bit mean to pick on Dodgy when he is so busy promoting foreign interests.  Maybe the next Tory leader.  Certainly won’t be the ‘what is this white working class thing and where does it live?’ snots from NuLab.

  5. Nairb1

    The situation about BAME students and FO internships (also at BBC) is, as a bit of research shows, significantly different from your simplistic ‘doors closed due to hef skin colour.’
    Even if that situation was as you choose to describe it it doesn’t alter the comment that your comment that ‘ pointing this out’ would be deemed racist is nonsense. The point of the article is that pupils from ethnic background poor families are doing better than those from equivalent white families. This is due to the value the families give to education and the support they give their children and their schools. This is a simple statement of fact shown by numerous research programmes. To state it never brings an accusation of racism. However should one be suggesting that it is intrinsicly wrong for ethnic minority pupils to do well or that it’s because the school system somehow engineers it then that clearly is racist and should be denounced as such.

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