Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to right for racial equality and combat the discrimination faced by ethnic minorities in the UK. I believe education is a vital tool in dismantling and unlearning common racial prejudices. The national curriculum must be decolonised: tackling racial inequality in Britain begins with ensuring that young people understand British imperial history and the history of its people of colour.
It's all part of making a better world.
Attitudes towards British history and its ethnic minority citizens will change. Young people of colour will feel a greater sense of belonging through their education and everyone will rethink the racist structures that this country was built on.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by young people in schools. Hopefully all sectors of society and all future generations will be benefitted through the implementation of a mandatory national curriculum that is more inclusive.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
Re-evaluate the current curriculum and remove/add set topics to make it more inclusive and true to all aspects of British history/culture. Particularly in History, English, RE, PSHE.
Survey exam results and students' understandings of the new material.
Survey teachers' opinions of introducing new material and student responses to it.
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
This is a long lasting vision with results that may not be immediately felt. Tackling systematic racism will not happen overnight and this is just one of many possible avenues to do so. However, we already know the negative impat of ignorance and a lack of awareness and knowledge - so decolonising and updating the national curriculum is a step towards undoing that.
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?