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It’s almost unheard of that schools would ever say no to a large financial donation, especially when it aims to help economically disadvantaged children to go to college. However, Dulwich College and Winchester College, two private universities in the United Kingdom, recently denied such a donation. Both turned down more than £1 million for poor white boys, out of the concern the donation might fall afoul of Britain’s Equality Act of 2010.
The generous donor was 96-year-old Professor Sir Bryan Thwaites, who attended both schools on scholarships, and taught at Winchester for decades. He learned from his experiences that a good education is the best means to uplift children from disadvantaged backgrounds and provide upward economic mobility. He wanted to help poor white boys especially, because they are disproportionately at the bottom of Britain’s education system.
UK - Equality - Human - Rights - Commission
Even the U.K.’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) acknowledged in 2014 that being born a white male in Britain doesn’t necessary confer any privilege, because “white pupils from poorer backgrounds, especially boys, suffered the worst start in life as they continued to fall further behind every other ethnic group at school – with their chances of a successful and prosperous career decreasing as a result.”
A recent report by National Education Opportunity Network illustrates that the devastating educational gap white boys in low-income households experience hasn’t gotten any better by 2019. Among all racial groups with similar economic backgrounds, poor white British boys remain the worst performers in schools, and have consistently scored the lowest on the government’s “attainment 8” test, which measures the student’s average grade across eight subjects.
Report - Boys - Homes - Category - Roma
According to the report, “white boys from poorer homes are the least likely of any [racial and ethnic] category, other than Roma or Gypsy, to go to university.” It further notes that “more than 50 percent of...
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