BLACK children should always learn the works of “dead white men,” Education Minister Nick Gibb said yesterday.
He rejected calls to “decolonize the school curriculum” – insisted it would do nothing to create a more egalitarian society.
And he said it’s important that all students – regardless of color or creed – get the same high standards of education.
Delivering a zoom speech to the Social Market Foundation, he said firebrand’s demands to purge the subjects of classic texts written by white people risked backfiring.
He said: “I believe the teacher’s job – and our best teachers indeed do – is to teach a curriculum that opens up a world of wonder and beauty to people of all faiths and colors. -beyond the close experience of an individual child
“A relevance-based curriculum for students is to deny them an introduction to the best that has been taught and said. “
“And of course, there is no reason why the work of a dead white man should not be appropriate for children of ethnic minorities to learn it. “
He added: “Of course the kids need to know how Britain became Britain as it is today.
“And there are some important events – Windrush just to pick one – that kids need to know about.
“But they must also be informed of all the other events which have led to Britain as it is today. “
Opening the doors to the purge of subjects because of the color of writers will not help tackle racism today, he warned.
He said: “We will not create a more harmonious, more tolerant and more egalitarian society by promoting an agenda based on the relevance or representativeness of a particular group.
“Neither will we do it by being ashamed of who we are and where we come from. “
Left-wing activists and unions have launched an attempt to “decolonize” school and university curricula.
While many lecturers and university professors have been “canceled” by students who disagree with their views.
The government denounced this growing intolerance in universities.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he was “deeply concerned” by the “chilling effect on campuses of unacceptable silence and censorship.”
He creates a “free speech champion” to investigate allegations of intolerance on campuses.