The hidden under-representation of working-class men

Published on 9 May 2021 at 14:09

By Andrew J McDonald 

"End white privilege" by Unarmed civilian 

How can white working-class boys ever break into the middle-class through Higher Education when they are scapegoated for society's ills by modern left-wing doctrine?


In this modern Britain, we hear many calls for inclusivity of those in ethnic minority groups, women, and those who are LGBTQ+. However, throughout this conquest of what began as a positive solution to battle the complete exclusion of the aforementioned groups, has begun to exclude what is viewed, by the modern left, as public enemy number one. The white working-class man has been pushed into a position which leaves them as the least likely to access Higher Education. There are many different potential reasons for this lack of participation, with many being highlighted in the 2016 report from the Higher Education Institute.


We look at studies conducted by the esteemed Professor Matthew Goodwin, who found that the Department for Education's 2018 GCSE performance statistics show that those white boys who were eligible for free school meals scored an average of 18 points under the national average. When reading these facts, I think of what the reasoning behind these poor performances could be, that have coincidentally become a trend when the “woke” left began to take precedent. The terms of “white privilege” and “toxic masculinity”, which are thrown around regularly especially in the recent rebirth of the “Black Lives Matter” Movement, signal to the poorer white communities that their very existence is the problem. If we are now going to begin allowing education staff to teach our white working-class children, that not only do they have to overcome the various economic and social barriers within their local communities, but they also need to start apologising for belonging, by nature, to a wider group which strips away their individual identity, then we are going to only further enforce these problems.


The true fear is that whilst those in socially powerful positions, such as reputable and famous footballers, and television presenters, or even teachers begin to instill the doctrine that “toxic masculinity” and “white privilege” are to blame for everything wrong in this world, then these communities will begin to believe that they are, which will only lead to a further decrease in accessibility to Higher Education and therefore higher income from those in poor white communities.


You can look to the words of the emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, Diane Reay, who paints the picture that white working-class communities did not actually have a sense of any power in wider society. The aforementioned rise in popularity of “Black Lives Matter” will have certainly contributed to this issue and we shall see this trend of suppression of white voices and decrease of white working-class performance throughout education only grow more and more. The argument of many who suggest it is not in fact the race of these working-class boys who can not succeed but is actually down to their socio-economic background and gender. However, the issue with this argument is that it suggests you can not discuss nor associate class and race together, as Professor Kalwant Bhopal of University of Birmingham put it.


The “Black Lives Matter” movement and its masses of generally middle-class, white university student supporters will be a huge contributing factor to the further exclusion of the white working-class male. Whilst these blinded youths push for the inclusivity of the alleged exclusion and internalised oppression of those from a BAME background, regardless of socio-economic background, they will be inadvertently making the white working-class male suffer even more. The 2019 “state school pupils aged 18 years getting a higher education place, by ethnicity” figures speak clearer and louder than any indoctrinated middle-class student can. 68% of Chinese state school pupils accessed Higher Education, 58% of their Asian counterparts also found themselves in a place of Higher Education. 44.5% of Black state school pupils accessed Higher Education whereas Mixed students found themselves at a rate of 35.5%; and in last place, the White state school pupil rate of acceptance to a place of Higher Education was but 30.3%.


In conclusion, the access rate to Higher Education is not only of a lower standard for White working-class boys, but it is also much higher for those from BAME backgrounds, contrary to what left-wing doctrine would suggest. Positive action and intervention must be taken to aid these young men, but in what form shall it come? From the Blue Collar Conservatives lead by Ben Bradley MP and Esther McVey MP, or will it come from the “party of the working people”, the Labour Party?


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