h/t Drunk by Noon
Some time ago I taught a group of 16-year-olds a unit titled “Equality and Diversity”. This unit is one of eight units students have to study in order to achieve their BTEC Health and Social Care Level 2 qualification. The class is very ‘vibrant’ with 95% of the students coming from a range of non-British backgrounds. These students know almost nothing of British history or of our rich cultural heritage.
I was about halfway through this lesson when an Afro-Caribbean student asked a rather interesting question. She wanted to know which ethnic group had contributed most to the British economy. She informed the class that she had recently read a newspaper article – a revelation to me as she is almost illiterate – about the benefits of Eastern European immigration. This gave rise to a lively debate about immigration; the ‘contributions’ to this debate were most revealing for those of us who are patriots. The general consensus was that British people were lazy, had no culture to speak of and were being kept in the lifestyle to which they had become accustomed because of the hard work of immigrants!