In How the West Indian Child is Made Educationally Sub-normal in the British School System: The Scandal of the Black Child in Schools, first published in 1971 by New Beacon Books, Bernard Coard examined the enforced educational inequality and institutional racism in the UK. Fifty years on Coard has reviewed his work.
The “launch” of this anniversary edition will include a presentation by Bernard Coard and contributions from Jeremy Corbyn M.P. (invited), Minkah Odofoh, Jacqui McKenzie, Paul Mackney former General Secretary of the UCU), Brian Richarson, Chris Searle and others, details to follow. This will be followed by a Q&A session on “How the West Indian Child...”.
In his original and current editions, he describes how "educationally subnormal" (ESN) schools unjustifiably and disproportionately labelled Black children, especially those from the Caribbean and (in some cases disabled and white working-class children) as “mentally subnormal".
This edition contains a foreword by Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2020, with contributions from Paul Mackney, former General Secretary of the UCU (NATFHE), Professor Hubert Devonish of the University of the West Indies (Mona) and others.
Bernard has also contributed an update, “30 Years On”.
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The text was also republished by Buzz Johnson at Karia Press, with a foreword by Herman Ouseley, and prominently featured in Tell it Like it is: How Our Schools Fail Black Children (2005), edited by Brian Richardson.
NOTE: Because of the complexity of aligning the availability of speakers WE MAY CHANGE THE DATE AND TIME OF THIS EVENT.
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