Well, you know... chicken versus egg.Over the past few years, there has been a long overdue debate about white working class communities in England, and why they have fallen behind.‘We are having to grapple with the unhappy fact that many local working class communities have felt the full brunt of economic dislocation in recent years, and, perhaps as a result, can lack the aspiration and drive seen in many migrant communities.’
I'm going out on a limb here, but could the contempt these people feel for the education system be at least in part because they sense that the feeling's mutual?
One poster below that article hits the nail on the head:
Yep, ethnic students get Black History Month, native students get Muh Slavery, Muh Colonialism and Muh Hitler.So, when white, working class boys don't go to university, it's because they're lazy; whereas when minorities don't go it's because of institutionalised racism. Hope you're all keeping up. And I'm sure it has absolutely nothing to do with all the educational resources being sucked up by having 12 different foreign language translators in each classroom and six different culturally-sensitive school dinner options every day.
The same attitude runs through the whole system. When ethnic students succeed, it's time to celebrate the empowerment, when white students succeed, well, duh! It's just their white privilege coming through.
At a very basic level these kids work out early that they can't win: they're either losers or oppressors. No other option is available.