Black Children and Underachievement in Schools: A Case Study and a Review of the Debate on the Issue of Black Children and Underachievement
by Dr. Frances Benskin
In the United Kingdom, the reason why so many Black children fail in the educational system is a cause of much debate. Previous research have pointed to a number of causes, such as their home environments, poor family background, deficiency in language, teacher expectation, and black workers position in the job market.
The current work by Frances Benskin, on the other hand, seeks to investigate whether or not racism plays a part in the underachievement of Black children in schools. Specifically, the study seeks to address whether Black children have the same opportunity to good learning experiences and resources as their white counterparts, and does the school portray a good ambience in accommodating all children, or do they feel isolated by a system that does not cater for their needs.
Through this book, Frances hopes that readers can get a better understanding of the effects of racism and how it can affect people's lives if it is not dealt with effectively, in Britain or elsewhere. The research shows that racism, stereotyping, cultural differences, assumed dialect or language differences played a part in undetermining the capability of black children.
(2014, Paperback, 204 pages)