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Islington’s dog-walkers should be pooh-poohed | News

In The Vitriolic Potical Corner on September 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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Tony Sewell: ‘Black children are not victims of racism at school anymore’


Tony Sewell: \'Black children are not victims of racism at school anymore\'

COMMENTS: Tony Sewell

EDUCATION CAMPAIGNER, Dr Tony Sewell has claimed that black children do not fail at school because of institutional racism, but simply because they do not concentrate.

In a controversial article for magazine ‘Prospect’ the former Voice columnist who is also the director of Generating Genius, a charity seeking to get more black boys into university, said that poor parenting was to blame for a black child’s poor performance in school.

Although he admitted that black pupils were once held back by institutional racism, ‘times had changed’.

He writes: “What we now see in schools is children undermined by poor parenting, peer-group pressure and an inability to be responsible for their own behaviour.

“They are not subjects of institutional racism.” He said.

He continued in his harsh attack: “They have failed their GCSEs because they did not do the homework, did not pay attention and were disrespectful to their teachers.”

These views are in stark contrast to those held by Labour leader hopeful, Diane Abbott who once said “black boys do not have to be too long out of disposable nappies for some teachers to see them as a miniature gangster rapper.”

Reading University did admit that some teachers’ low expectations of black boys might be part of the reason why they underachieve.

In 2008, the Department for Education reported that only 27 per cent of black boys achieve five or more A*-C GCSE grades.

Dr Sewell said: “I believe black underachievement is due to the low expectations of school leaders, who do not want to be seen as racist and who position black boys as victims.”

Two tots die after mother locks them in cupboard for 10 hours

Two tots die after mother locks them in cupboard for 10 hours

ACCUSED: Edyan Farah

A MOTHER has been accused of killing her two children by cramming them into tiny cupboard with three of their siblings for approximately ten hours while she visited friends.

Edyan Farah, 28, returned to her home in Indianapolis, Indiana, to find her daughter Zuhur, five, and three year-old son Zakariya stiff and unresponsive.

Lt Jeff Duhamell, of the city’s police said: “It was one of the worst ones I’ve seen-to be placed In closet about 6ft by 18in and a bed pushed against it for a minimum of ten hours, we think possibly a lot longer, and probably not for the first time.

Somalian Edyan claimed that she was ‘not in her right mind’ when she locked her children away.

The bodies were discovered after a family friend became suspicious when Edyan refused to let anyone into her apartment.

Farah’s uncle revealed that when he arrived to the house and looked through the door of the apartment, he saw what appeared to be a dead child on the couch.

This led him to call the police despite experiencing opposition from Edyan who tried to prevent him from alerting the police.

Neighbours revealed that the children looked underfed before the incident. One neighbour said: “Every morning I would hear the little girl say, no, no, like she was locked out the house.”

The surviving three children, aged one, five and seven, have been placed in care.

Tests are being carried out to ascertain how Zuhur and Zakariya died. Toxicology tests could take up to a month.

Churches who give more will receive

Marcia Dixon

Churches who give more will receive

COLLECTION: Some churches ask for much from congregation but don\’t give

Why ministers should take a leaf out of billionaire Warren Buffett’s book

MONEY. IT’S a subject that is always very much on people’s minds, particularly in these cash-strapped times. But while people are interested in getting it and spending it, there’s not as much interest in saving it or giving it away.

However, one man, Warren Buffett – described as the world’s greatest investor – recently gathered together a group of America’s richest men and encouraged them to pledge to give away as much of their fortunes as possible to charitable causes whilst they are alive.

The attitude of these billionaires is a major contrast to some of the churches within the black community that seem to be on a never-ending quest to raise money – usually through their congregations.

A young man recently told me that the thing he remembered the most about his attendance at a church service was the minister’s request that as many people as possible in the congregation give £100!

Whilst most people recognise churches need money to carry out their work, the question that is often asked is, why do they have to make requests for money such a focal part of a service, and mention that they need a ‘special offering’ so often? It has now become an annoying and off-putting part of the public worship experience.

Maybe it’s time for church leaders to take a leaf out of the book of Buffett and co, who are making sure they go down in history as people who gave their wealth away for the benefit of others. Okay, they might be billionaires and have a lot to give away, but that doesn’t mean that those of us who have smaller incomes – including our churches – can’t be known as givers.

Our church leaders should be renowned for what they give back to others, not for their skill in extracting money out of people’s pockets, because one of the things that demonstrates someone has been touched by God is their willingness to give their time, energy or money to others.

More church leaders need to look at way they can serve their members and their community through giving and there’s a blessing in doing this. Not only will God be pleased but church members are more likely to donate more to their churches when they know the money they give is being used to help others.

One church I know invites a charity to give a talk to their congregation every month, and gives them a substantial contribution to fund their work. Others donate money to orphanages, support missionaries or provide funds to congregations based in the developing world.

More churches should also give consideration to setting up grant-making trusts so that they can fund good causes in their respective communities.

Buffett and co have set a good precedent that those with an abundance of wealth can follow. And don’t the scriptures remind us that it’s more blessed to give than receive?

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