Our thanks to Paul and others for this. Extracts:
White working-class children should be motivated to become more aspirational in schools and “push themselves” the way those from other backgrounds have done, the shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, has argued.
In an interview with the Spectator, Rayner said a focus in the educational system on women and minority ethnic groups had perhaps inadvertently [J4MB: this is from an article in The Guardian, so this is a typo. ‘Perhaps inadvertently’ should read ‘advertently’.] had “a negative impact” on the attention paid to white working-class boys…
Asked about the low position of such boys when it came to university admissions, she said: “I think it’s because as we’ve tried to deal with some of the issues around race and women’s agendas, around tackling some of the discrimination that’s there, [J4MB: What discrimination would that be?] it has actually had a negative impact on the food chain for white, working [class] boys. They have not been able to adapt. [J4MB: Adapt to what? Schools systematically failing them, in order to privilege girls? No shit, Sherlock.]