Race Culture & Diversity - Reflections on Issues Relating to the Traveller Community and the Portrayal of Minority Groups in the Media
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Many issues have been introduced and discussed in regards to race, culture and diversity, and their impact on children and society. In the attached journal I have recorded some of the subjects we discussed in group sessions such as: British Empire Legacy, Equal Opportunities, Post Code Culture, Ethnic Minorities, Sex Education, Legislations, and the Traveller Community. I have also included other interesting issues that I came across and thought to be relevant to this module. For the purpose of this reflective statement on the module and journal, I will focus further on and discuss the education of children in the traveller community, and inequalities in the representation of race and cultures in the media.
The right to education is a…show more content… They may also have to deal with prejudice and bullying from the other children in the school. These uncomfortable situations often lead the children to leave education early and join the family trade, where they feel more at ease and comfortable (Reynold, 2003). These children are the lowest attaining amongst all Ethnic Minority groups. Many travellers are still very much a part of circuses and fairgrounds. Many still live in trailers and do not want static homes, which also makes it difficult to get them to integrate as they will not join in with settled society as they have a nomadic lifestyle (Tait, 2004).
Tait (2004) reports that travellers have the lowest level of educational attainment of any ethnic group. They have low attendance rates and are often taught informally by family members. Though distant learning has been introduced to help integrate the traveller community and give their children an education, access is still a big factor. The DfEE (1998) report on Traveller Education found as many as 10,000 Traveller children who were not even registered with a school. Travelling often means children are not able to settle into one school, which undermines their educational progress, with the main issues identified by Bhopal (2004) being, underachievement, racism and bullying.
Not being a member of the majority group can play a vital role in your development,