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An extract from Socialist Worker online.
The article is on racism in schools.

Latin is coming into some schools as part of the Gifted and Talented programme. Does every pupil have a fair chance to get on this programme and to have access to the new world that Latin opens up?

Schools should promote all pupils’ gifts and talents to the utmost. Individuals differ in their skills and interests. Uniformity and mediocrity are not the answer.

But as socialists we should be demanding opportunities for children to discover gifts and talents they never knew they had.

We should be campaigning for weekend and holiday courses – to climb a mountain or sail a boat, to master French or Bengali, to play violin or bass guitar, sing reggae or rap or make a video.

It is shocking, but no surprise, that the present “gifted and talented” programmes exclude black and white working class pupils.

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