Students have been encouraged to ‘read woke’ in Scottish government pilot ‘Read Woke’ scheme supported by Scotland’ School Library Improvement Fund Project included volume saying it is impossible to be racist against white peopleBy Connor Stringer
Published: 01:35, 13 November 2023 | Updated: 08:27, 13 November 2023
Schoolchildren have been encouraged to ‘read woke’ and study books that claim white people invented racism, it has been revealed.
Titled ‘Read Woke’, the project has supplied books to primary schools which claim racism was invented by white people.
It is part of a literacy project funded by a Scottish government grant that has been piloted to help ‘enlighten’ pupils on racial issues.
The programme includes a volume that asserts that it is impossible to be racist against white people, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
Dr Alka Sehgal Cuthbert, founder of the campaign group Don’t Divide Us, urged schools to bin the material.
‘Read Woke’ has supplied books to primary schools which claim racism was invented by white people (Stock Image)
Dr Alka Sehgal Cuthbert, founder of the campaign group Don’t Divide Us, urged schools to bin the material
She told the paper: ‘This initiative is normalising politically radical and partisan beliefs. It will do nothing to help teachers teach pupils how to read, and has little to do with education more generally.
‘Our advice to schools is to either put the books in the recycling bin, or keep them for the next CPD and invite speakers from Read Woke and Don’t Divide Us to discuss why this is/is not suitable curriculum content.’
The Read Woke website for South Ayrshire says the initiative ‘will awaken our students to a range of important issues, enlighten them, and encourage them to think critically and with empathy when forming opinions’.
Piloted in 2021, the project was adopted from the idea of Cicely Lewis, a US librarian, and is said to have been supported by funding from Scotland’s School Library Improvement Fund.
A book on the reading list for secondary pupils titled ‘This Book is Anti-Racist’ tells youngsters that ‘being racist against white people is not a thing’.
It also offers advice on how to raise concerns about ‘the dominant culture of white supremacy’ in the classroom.
Elsewhere, the book My Skin Your Skin by Laura Henry-Allain also features on the primary reading list devised by the project.
It tells children that ‘racism started a long time ago when white people wanted to have more control over people who were not white.’
And that ‘an example of racism is when white people think they are better than people from other races.’
South Ayrshire Council was contacted for comment.