Labour leadership hopeful Diane Abbott today used her race to justify the controversial decision to send her son to private school.
Miss Abbott, who is the only woman fighting for the top job, claims she feared her son James would end up in a gang if he went to a state school in Hackney.
Miss Abbott, 56, talking to the Daily Mirror, insisted ‘I’m a mother first’ when asked to defend her decision.
She admitted she had criticised colleagues such as Harriet Harman for making exactly the same move with her children.
But she argued that her West Indian ‘culture’ meant she was guided purely by what was best for her family.
You always hear white people say they move to whitopia’s for the ‘good schools’ that their children will attend, forever fearful of admitting why those schools are so good.
For years and years, the ‘perfect school’ was defined by having the right ratio of black to white, native to migrant and rich to poor.
However, recent Dutch research has exposed this myth. Children at mixed schools consistently score lower grades than their peers at predominantly white or black schools. (…)
Another noteworthy finding from his research are the generally below-average achievements of students with an Islamic background.
“This cannot be explained by their socio-economic backgrounds or the characteristics of schools or educational systems. So what is the reason? It is very well possible that they are being discriminated against, but this also holds true for non-Islamic children. People will say: they are the children of migrant workers, but so were the Italians. The remaining factor is religion.”
Professor Dronkers agrees that ethnic diversity can have a positive effect on children of highly educated parents. “In that case there is an added value.” The scientist says that migrant children from non-Islamic countries like China, South Korea and India are also a positive exception to the rule.
When they say “lower grades”, do they mean that schools‘ overall average is low (which means that slow students are bringing down smart students’ grades) or do they mean that being around certain individuals make other individuals stupider?