Equity & Diversity Opinion

Boy Troubles British Style

By Richard Whitmire — December 09, 2010 1 min read
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In Britain, the concern is always with poor white boys. Frankly, if we ever dug into the data in this country (which is nearly impossible to do, because the data systems are designed to track by race/ethnicity) we’d find the same. But here, nobody’s paying attention to what’s happening to white boys from blue collar families.

From the article:

Data shows white British boys eligible for free meals - the Government's standard measure of deprivation - were the worst performing group, other than those from gipsy and traveller backgrounds. Only 50.1 per cent of these children - 11,375 - hit targets in both English and maths. This compared with 68 per cent of poor Indian boys and 66 per cent of those from Chinese families. Some 53.5 per cent of poor boys from black Caribbean backgrounds - traditionally among the worst performing pupils - hit national targets in the three-Rs, it was disclosed.

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