Wednesday, October 26

Black schoolboys underachieving because 'academic success is seen as gay'

I read this with horror. But first let me quote

Adolph Cameron, head of the Jamaican Teachers' Association, said many boys perform poorly because their fear that appearing studious undermines their masculinity.

He claimed that many youngsters turn to a so-called “hustle culture” to make money, rather than chasing careers built on academic achievement and hard work.

Mr Cameron warned that the attitude was affecting the academic standards of Afro-Caribbean boys both in Jamaica and in Britain.

They are one of England's worst-performing ethnic groups in schools. Last year just 40 per cent of Afro-Caribbean boys achieved five good GCSEs including English and maths, compared with the national average of 58.5 per cent.

Mr Cameron told the BBC: "That notion of masculinity says that if as a male you aspire to perform highly it means you are feminine, even to the extent of saying you are gay.

Coming from a culture and upbringing that venerates education, this kind of thinking just bewilders me. How can people throw away so much of their lives to hustle? Incomprehensible. And is this connected to racism? this is just weird but doesnt sound like it, where would racism be in a black country like Jamaica?

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