Black only classes for boys demanded
BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN
BLACK boys should be taught in separate classes from their white peers to help them do better at school, a race campaigner claims.
Too many of them are failing academically, said Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality.
Many black boys suffered from a culture where it was not cool to be clever and they lacked self-esteem and good role models, he added.
'It's time for some shock treatment,' Mr Phillips told BBC1's Inside Out programme, which will be shown tonight. 'If the only way to break through the wall of attitude that surrounds black boys is to teach them separately for some subjects, then we should be ready for that.'
He also called for tougher action against black fathers to compel them to act more responsibly towards their sons.
'If they can't be bothered to turn up for parents' evening, should they expect automatic access to their sons?' Mr Phllips asked.
'We need to embrace some new if unpalatable ideas both at home and at school. None of us, least of all the next generation of black children, can afford a repeat of the last 40 years.'
He also said that more male black teachers were needed, 'tempting them with
extra cash if necessary'. Figures published last month showed black teenagers
continued to lag far behind their white classmates at GCSE level, although
there were signs the gap was narrowing. Last year, 35.7 per cent of black
Caribbean pupils in England scored at least five C-grades at GCSE, compared
with a national average of 51.9 per cent.
My comment - Trevor Phillips is a racist - and even thnks in terms
of colour - and is creating a prejudice - does he not realise that lots
of boys and girls have problems and one cannot target "colour" for special
treatment - this IS what racism is - it's jut that in South Africa it
was NEGATIVE treatment - Mr Phillips is indicative of the clowns we
have working in out government - there are no such thing as
"black children" - there are only children - and it is an affront to
people of other origins for him to single out "black" people in this
way - as much as it was in Apartheid - does he not think that other
groups of people have problems too - what's so special about the
colour of someone's skin Mr Phillips - I though that was
what you were protecting us from? The only way Mr Phillips can
know that BLACKS are failing at school is because someone is measuring what
BLACK people are doing - to measure this - requires an institutionally
racist organisation that thinks in terms of skin colour - clearly Mr
Phillips does - and clearly his racial equality unit is a sham and is actually
undermining racial harmony. No one is going to tempt me - a white person(?)
with extra cash are they Mr Phillips - because I do not have a
racist WHITE ONLY organisation working in my favour - the sooner the
CRE is demolished the better.
BY STEPHEN HULL
'I'VE hurt my back and I won't be in today'... 'I definitely sent that e-mail'... 'I rang them six or seven times'.
They don't sound very convincing but probably sound very familiar.
That is because we feel little compunction about telling the truth at work and are less likely to be honest in the office than at any other time, new research shows.
More than a quarter of us admit lying to our colleagues and managers.
We are also routinely untruthful about our qualifications and salary and make up parts of our CV.
It is a part of a pattern of fibbing that sees seven out of ten of us hiding the truth up to five times a day. Women are the worst culprits and we lie more the older we get, the study shows. -
The most common things we lie about are our feelings towards people we do not like, the amount of alcohol we drink and what we eat, our weight and age, and the number of sexual partners we have had or if we even have one.
A quarter of the 1,600 people questioned for Cornish pasty maker Ginsters admitted they faked orgasms and said they would tell someone 'I love you without meaning it.
Four out of five, however, said they lied to spare another person's feelings.
Body language expert Prof Geoff Beattie, of the
University of Manchester, said. 'Lying
is a really big part of our everyday lives. We tell fibs to make ourselves
feel better and even lie to ourselves when we claim that we can spot lies
and liars with ease. We are actually not very good at the whole lying game
and it shows.'
Danger at the sharp end of the art world
IT'S a thorny problem for Britain's tallest sculpture -its huge spikes are in danger of falling off. Emergency work is being carried out on the Manchester artwork. The 184ft metal structure, B of the Bang, has been fenced off to protect the public and engineers are fitting dampeners to stop its spikes moving too much. Two months ago, a 7ft shard fell from the statue during high winds. A spokesman for the New East Manchester regeneration company said:
'To ensure every possible precaution has been taken, a mechanism has been
designed to restrict the movement of spikes beyond the original design capacity.
When this is installed, the fence will be removed'
My comment: It's a pity the artist doesn't know physics!
ROCK legends The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have been beaten by a band of heavy metal misfits who don't even really exist. They were put in their place in a poll to find Britain's favourite rock'n'roil movie by Spinal Tap. The fictional group won cult status for 'classics' such as Lick My Love Pump and Sex Farm Woman and having a guitarist with his amps adjusted so the volume 'goes up to 11'. The characters, created hy Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, featured in Rob Reiner's 1984 spoof 'rockumentary' This Is Spinal Tap. The movie followed the hard-rocking British trio on an ill-fated US tour, trying and failing to flog their latest album, Smell The Glove.
Now, the group acclaimed for 'their exuberance, their raw power - and their
punctuality', has come top in the poll by Mojo magazine. Andrew Male, Mojo's
deputy editor, said: 'It really captures the madness of being on the road
and at times it is better than a real documentary.' In second place was
The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese's film of The Band's star-studded farewell
gig. The Beatles classic A Hard Day's Night was No.3, while the film
of the Rolling Stones' Altamont concert, Gimme Shelter,ranked fourth.