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Master class in victimhood

Black boys used to fail at school because of racism, now they fail because they don’t pay attention

By Tony Sewell   October 2010

Tony Sewell: we’ve given our kids only the discourse of victimhood

Recently, one of my former students invited me to her inner-city primary school in London to give an “inspirational” lesson to her students. She was particularly concerned about a group of black boys who she described as “very bright but very naughty.” When I saw the class I immediately spotted her problem pupils, who were play-fighting at the back of the room.

I began my lesson by dividing the class into five groups. Their task was to draw “a wonderful African mask.” But there were a number of restrictions.…

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