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Headteacher praised by GMB viewers for fiery speech on white privilege 'talking sense!'


Headteacher of Michaela Community School Katharine Birbalsingh appeared on Good Morning Britain to denounce the arguments and debate surrounding white privilege being taught in schools. The educator delivered a reasoned and calm argument that urged teachers to focus instead on teaching core topics effectively which she says will tackle privilege in any form. Viewers of the ITV show praised Ms Birbalsingh in light of a recent select committee report which found the term “white privilege” was negatively affecting white working-class pupils.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Ms Birbalsingh was joined by commentator Simon English to discuss white privilege in education.

She told the programme: “We all have to treat the children the same, so all children need to do their homework.

“All children need families who are supportive of education and that’s the sort of thing we should be talking about.

“Unfortunately because race is such a contentious and emotional subject people latch on to that.

“You’ve got one side that is saying look at the white children, we’re not paying attention to them.

“We’ve got the other side saying white children are more privileged than black children.

“But what we ought to be doing is teaching them Maths and English – that’s what’s important here and getting them off their phones.”

Viewers praised the headteacher for her sensible views and wrote several flattering comments online. 

One wrote: “Finally someone on that talks sense. What a brilliant person to be looking after children’s education. If everyone had that attitude the next generation would be so much better than us.”

The Education Select Committee published a report which found terms like “white privilege” was contributing to the negative educational attainment of white working-class pupils.

The report urges the Department of Education to revise how race is being taught in schools among several other recommendations. 

The committee also wanted schools across the country to set up parental networks between schools and local communities to address pupil attainment. 

Funding should also be tailor-made to what issues local communities are facing.


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