Children as young as three months can face racial bias, council says

Parents have been sounding the alarm in the latest revelation after The Telegraph recently reported how at least four Labour-run councils recruited ‘Maoist’ diversity consultants to ‘decolonise the mindsets’ of childcare staff working with toddlers.

Nottingham City Council, Welsh Government, Islington Council and Early Years Bristol have worked with The Black Nursery Manager, a diversity consultancy which has criticized ‘whiteness violence’ and claimed the government is a “agent of white supremacy”.

MPs told the Telegraph the training should be investigated as ‘the most toxic and divisive type of dogma’, prompting the Early Years Alliance to hit back and say the critics were “incredibly myopic”, while the National Day Nurseries Association said such training “should be encouraged and not criticized”.

But activists say the angry backlash from early bodies shows how deeply rooted radical racial theories have become in nurseries, with many rejecting the ‘colorblind’ idea of ​​meritocracy because it refuses to focus on the differences between the breeds.

Complaints “cannot be taken at face value”

Lashing out at ‘educator activists’, parent Adrian Hart, of campaign group Don’t Divide Us, said: ‘Basically a lot of the studies presented in support of these sorts of ideas about children and race simply confuse acceptance of one group with rejection of the other.”

“Children’s choices about things like preference for dolls or toys, under artificial experimental conditions, do not indicate whether the child takes race into account in everyday social interactions,” added the author. author of The Myth of Anti-Racist Kids.

“Parents, educators and policy makers in local and central governments cannot take such demands at face value,” he said. “Anything that is presented as data supporting a radical reassessment of our whole approach to anti-racism and inclusion needs to be scrutinized by people other than a minority of ‘race experts’ self-proclaimed individuals who generally benefit from the same approaches they advocate for.”

The compulsory curriculum for nursery staff makes no mention of racism or particular races.

The government’s non-statutory guidelines on development issues are designed to support impartial teaching of diversity, but early years sectors released their own separate version last year which endorsed the controversial idea of ​​’white privilege’. “.

A spokesperson for Islington Council said: “As we work to create a more equal Islington, we will continue to challenge the subtle and complex ways in which people are held back and opportunities are denied.

“Structural inequalities prevent too many people in our borough from reaching their potential, and we will continue to fight inequalities so that all of our children, youth, families and communities can thrive.

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