Frances Benskin PhD, author, public speaker, facilitator, mentor and youth education adviser has a profound interest in the education of young people today and how they view learning and education regardless of their backgrounds or origin.
‘Black Youths and Schooling in Britain, The Windrush Generation’ addresses how children from various walks of life view education. It covers issues such as: behaviour management in the classroom, disciplining pupils, diversity, language and communication, bullying in schools, exclusion and how children can be engaged in their lessons for a successful outcome.
The 1989 Children’s Act placed the interest of the children first by giving them priority where their welfare is concerned. This change was meant to put an end to some of the harsh discipline and disadvantage that some children encountered previously in some schools and the home. As we see 30 years later there is still a lot to achieve.
The book covers issues such as why many black children are underachieving in British schools and how the effects of race and diversity in Britain today impact on people’s lives daily. The book goes on to explain how race and race relations can interact to give a better understanding of modern society, thus eliminating certain notions that seem offensive but put in the right context can be more acceptable and less harmful.
Where there are different races there is diversity, and where there is diversity, there is bound to be discrimination because people do not always cooperate where equality is concerned. Neither race, racism, inequality nor hostile behaviour needs to create a problem. We need to be aware of the situation which causes those problems and deal with them accordingly rather than to allow things to get out of hand, then look for a solution.
Changes in our society are inevitable but very often they come with a different perspective which will alter patterns of behaviour, from teacher/pupil relationships, relationships between parents and their children and generally society’s reaction to such changes. The book tries to help solve some of the misunderstandings that can arise and offers advice on how to prevent them.
We need to avoid any barriers that can make children feel isolated, depressed, neglected or not worthwhile. We should see children as minors who need the input and encouragement from those adults who are in a position to give them the right guidance and nurturing that they need for their future development and wellbeing.
How society tackles inequality and discrimination, which are factors that affect many people in schools and society today, needs to be addressed. We need to have a true understanding that our population is evolving and people of different backgrounds, nationalities, cultures and faiths all have an impact on our lives. We should embrace those differences that may seem alien to us, but are in fact a reality of other people’s circumstances.
The Windrush generation has now spanned 70 years since the arrival of the first visible wave of people from the Caribbean to work in Britain. The offspring of those early arrivals are now absorbed into British society but the Home Office mishandling of some of the early settlers wrongly deported back to their country of origin, gave the impression that they are still seen as non-British immigrants who should be excluded from British society.
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