from https://soasunion.org/liberation/attainmentgaps/ (but my underlining)...there has been a gap between the degree attainment of white and BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) undergraduates at SOAS, with a greater proportion of white students attaining either a 2:1 or first class degree...The gap is not attributable to a deficit in BME students: any intervention must target institutional factors and not BME students themselves.
There we are, then: a whole world of possibility dismissed by fiat. And suggestions that disparities in attainment might have something to do with the students themselves hardly seems to require a racist explanatory story. Does being white and going to SOAS imply a greater degree of commitment to the subject than does going as a BME student? I dunno: it might. Are the white kids more usually middle class (hint: they are) such that they are less likely, for example, to have to work part-time jobs in term-time?
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- 16-01-2017 08:52
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- 16-01-2017 08:56
I don't think you need to have the same skin colour or background to build the sort of professional rapport that is required between students and their assigned faculty members.
- 17-01-2017 13:26