Schools are too white

Schools are too white, apparently. A newspaper attempts to explain. quote.

Quote:A Tongan Auckland high school student is issuing a plea to educators not to make her a “brown Palangi” – a brown-skinned person with European values.

Foloiola Finau, a Year 13 student at Kia Aroha College in ?tara, says education initiatives should aim not to “fix” M?ori and Pasifika students who are seen as “failures”, but to fix “the whiteness of our education system”.End of quote.

Note how saying “the brownness of our education system” would be racist. Quote.

Quote:She and five other Kia Aroha students will tell a conference of the Association for Research in Education tomorrow that their success should be measured in their strength in their own cultures as well as in their knowledge of English or maths.End of quote.

What does that even mean? quote.

Quote:[…]?Our group wanted to know why all of our education initiatives focus on fixing us, instead of fixing the racism, the quality of teaching, the whiteness of our education system and our schools.”End of quote.

There?s already a fix. Jacinda doesn?t like it though. quote.

Quote:[…] Foloiola, who has already achieved University Entrance, challenged schools to reject the racist view that M?ori and Pasifika students are “dumb”.

“A transformed education system would actively reject that stereotype and stop expecting that we should change into some brown version of Palangi to be seen as ‘successful’.”End of quote.

I wouldn?t use the word dumb. Lazy would be the word that I would use. That and the racism of low expectations.

I went to a school that was 90% Polynesian and Maori and the higher you went academically, the whiter the classes got. It just wasn?t cool to study. Looking back, the unsaid attitude was that if you were brown there wasn?t much hope of you doing well brain-wise so you weren?t pushed academically. Racism of low expectations. quote.

Quote:[?]Year 13 Tongan student Daniel Hopoate said he couldn’t speak any Tongan when he started at the college in Year 7, but was now fluent in Tongan language and dance.

“Attending Kia Aroha College has developed my knowledge about my cultural identity and language and I can stand proudly and say I am Tongan,” he said.

“To me and my family, that is learning at the highest level.”

He also expects to leave school with Level 3 of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and hopes to study software engineering at Brigham Young University in Hawaii.End of quote.

Well, good for you, but hope and expect are two different things.

The thing about the “white man’s” education system is that it?s colour blind. It doesn?t care what race you are and goes way back to the ancient Greeks and further.

Nah bro, no one should be proud just because they were born a particular race. Instead be proud you?ve studied hard and learnt about your language and culture.