Is it racist to think that people who come here from other cultures and lands should do their best to adapt to us and that we should not go out of our way to be other than polite and help them as best we can so long as they are not draining resources from the taxpayer? Well it is if you go to certain left wing forums and blogs or even seek to question the states largesse with our cash in the MSM.
More than a quarter of primary school children are from an ethnic minority – an increase of almost half a million since 1997, it emerged yesterday.
The Government’s annual school census painted a picture of a changing Britain where schools are under mounting pressure from mass immigration.
In some areas, only 8 per cent of primary pupils are from a white British background. Nearly one million children aged five to 16 – 957,490 – speak English as a second language, up from almost 800,000 five years ago.
So far so good, no problem with ethnic minorities, no problem with kids who speak English as a second tongue, assuming of course they can speak English…
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of think-tank MigrationWatch, said this was an ‘inevitable consequence of Labour’s policy of mass immigration’.
He added: ‘We now have nearly a million schoolchildren whose first language is not English and who consequently need extra attention which can only be at the expense of English-speaking students.
Ah, now there’s the rub, extra cost and resources required to bring them up to an acceptable standard. This is something I don’t think should be paid for by the taxpayer, I’m not against such resources being available, but I don’t think it’s the duty of the taxpayer to pay for this, if some kids have a problem with English that requires additional tuition, it’s not for me to pay for it, same with translation services for any government dept or even the National Health. You can’t communicate in English (Welsh, Scots Gael or sign language) I don’t pay for your translator, you do.
In geography lessons, pupils at Southfields Community College (pictured above, last year) have a natural advantage. Choose any corner of the globe and you are likely to find at least one child from that region.
Youngsters at the South London comprehensive speak 76 languages between them, with their families coming from as far afield as Kazakhstan, Iraq, Congo, Burma and Afghanistan.
Many have fled war zones and some have not even been to school before.
The languages they speak include German, Mandarin and Arabic as well as lesser-known tongues such as Tigrinya, spoken in Eritrea and Ethiopia, and Ibo, originating from Nigeria.
Languages also include Twi, spoken in Ghana, and Tagalog, a language of the Philippines.
The 1,400-pupil school was hailed an inspirational success story after Ofsted inspectors gave it their highest possible grade – outstanding. The education watchdog praised the school in 2007 for enabling pupils to make ‘remarkable’ progress.
The over-subscribed comprehensive has become adept at catering for children still learning to speak English.
Those who join the school at 15 or 16 have just months to learn the language before sitting their GCSEs. Some have such little English they rely on picture books.
The school has a team of specialist language staff who between them speak more than a dozen languages.
They call on community leaders if a child arrives speaking a language that is not represented in the staff room.
Award winning is fine, but where does the money come from for all these specialists? Is it from the local community as a whole? I certainly doubt it’s from the parents, which means it’s either council tax or income tax, take your pick. Yes the school will be over subscribed and it’s doing a remarkable job, but it should not be at the expense of those who pay their taxes. We pay for education, that’s fine, but if your kid goes to school and needs remedial English, that should come out of your pocket, not mine.
We must be the only country in the world stupid enough to do this, certainly France doesn’t, you try getting them to speak any other language than French in schools or government and you’ll wait a long time.
Apparently believing what I do makes me a racist in some peoples eyes, it’s a burden I’m prepared to shoulder as it is as light as a feather to me, I just make the point we’re the only ones who do it. I’m not alone in this either.