Mother Furious As School Asks Students To Rate Black People As Undesirable Neighbors

Bristol

By DailyMail

A mother has been left furious after a school asked 11-year-old pupils to rate black people as potential neighbours they wouldn’t want to live next to.

Naomi Davis, 42, was stunned when her daughter Chayse Cole showed her the worksheet that her class had been given in Bristol which listed various people.

The task asked children to rate people in terms of how much they would or would not like to live next door to them – with one being the best and 14 being the worst.

Naomi Davis, 42, was stunned when her daughter Chayse Cole showed her the worksheet that her class had been given in Bristol which listed various people

Naomi Davis, 42, was stunned when her daughter Chayse Cole showed her the worksheet that her class had been given in Bristol which listed various people

The task asked children to rate people in terms of how much they would or would not like to live next door to them - with one being the best and 14 being the worst

The task asked children to rate people in terms of how much they would or would not like to live next door to them – with one being the best and 14 being the worst

The list included a teen parent, a person with a learning difficulty, a hoodie wearer and a black person. Ms Davis said it made Chayse feel ‘singled out and isolated’.

The mother-of-one immediately contacted Bristol Free School to set up a meeting to discuss the ‘completely unacceptable racial profiling’ on the worksheet.

Ms Davis, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, said: ‘The school have reacted very positively and have apologised to me and my daughter.

‘They acknowledged that it was completely unacceptable racial profiling and the wording needs to be changed immediately.

‘It was disappointing that the school seemed to be minimising the different levels of discrimination – it doesn’t make sense that a vegetarian and a black person are on the same list.

Ms Davis said that the lack of discussion afterwards left her daughter Chayse feeling confused

Ms Davis said that the lack of discussion afterwards left her daughter Chayse feeling confused

‘It shouldn’t have taken a child feeling isolated or singled out in order for the school to do something about this.’

Ms Davis, a presenter for BBC Radio Bristol, said the worksheet, which was intended to be carried out as a group discussion exercise, was not completed as such.

And she said that the lack of discussion afterwards left Chayse feeling confused.

‘There was no discussion afterwards as to why those groups of people had been chosen for the list, and it didn’t make any sense to my daughter,’ said Ms Davis.

‘They were given the worksheet to complete and then afterwards the teacher gave this big Martin Luther King type speech about how everyone was equal, and that was that.

The mother-of-one immediately contacted Bristol Free School (pictured) to set up a meeting to discuss the 'completely unacceptable racial profiling' on the worksheet

The mother-of-one immediately contacted Bristol Free School (pictured) to set up a meeting to discuss the ‘completely unacceptable racial profiling’ on the worksheet

‘Chayse was the only one in the class who put her hand up afterwards and tried to say, ‘But that doesn’t make any sense’.

‘The school shouldn’t have a situation where children feel like they can’t talk to teachers about these things.’

She added that she is quite open with Chayse about the discrimination she might face going through life – and that she felt the worksheet played this down.

‘I don’t want to feel like the school is not preparing her and the other children for the reality of that,’ said Ms Davis.

Ms Davis, said she was reassured by the fact that the worksheet was not part of the national curriculum – but was disappointed that the school hadn’t changed it sooner.

Ms Davis has commended the school for a positive and productive response to her feedback

Ms Davis has commended the school for a positive and productive response to her feedback

‘The head of department who I spoke to said the school had been wanting to change the wording for quite some time,’ she said. ‘And I just said, ‘Well why haven’t you? What are you waiting for?”

But she has commended the school for their positive and productive response to her feedback.

Ms Davis said the school have now agreed to change the wording on the worksheet, as well as setting up diversity groups for both BAME (British, Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) children and their parents to raise concerns in confidence.

She said: ‘This is a perfect example of “Be the change you want to see”. Never sit back and be the quiet one and just let these things pass.’

A spokesman for the school said: ‘The lesson, which has resulted in one of our parents being is concerned is from the school’s Year 7 Personal, Social and Health Education Programme; and has been taught at the school for the past five years.

‘The lesson is about citizenship and diversity, and focuses particularly on homophobia.

Ms Davis said the school have now agreed to change the wording on the worksheet, as well as setting up diversity groups for both BAME children and their parents

Ms Davis said the school have now agreed to change the wording on the worksheet, as well as setting up diversity groups for both BAME children and their parents

‘It is part of a unit of work aimed at heightening students’ understanding of the advantages of living in a diverse and inclusive society, and developing their understanding of the dangers of prejudiced or phobic attitudes and behaviour.

‘In one element of the lesson, students are asked to list the advantages of having a neighbour from particular minority groups. The 11 groups have been selected as groups that, at times, have been targets of prejudice.

‘The lesson is developed through discussion and intended to give the students an understanding of the impact of prejudice.

‘The lesson has proved effective in developing the understanding of Year 7 students about the value of diversity and the danger of prejudice. The lesson has not, over the past five years, caused known concern on the part of any student or parent.

‘One parent has raised concerns about the structure of the lesson and the materials used. We are taking these concerns very seriously and will review these materials as a result.’ Read More

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