Young people believe schools should “teach Britain was founded on racism’

Posted: 28th November 2022

Almost half of young people believe Britain was founded on racism and continues to be “structurally racist” today, research has found.

The revelation has prompted concerns that children are being taught contested ideas as fact in the classroom, with six in 10 school leavers saying they had been taught concepts associated with “critical race theory”.

The research was carried out by Eric Kaufmann, an academic at Birkbeck, University of London, for the Policy Exchange think-tank.

According to polling by YouGov, 18 to 24 is the only age group that believes schools should “teach students that Britain was founded on racism and remains structurally racist today”.

The age group supported the statement by a 42-25 majority, whereas UK adults as a whole rejected it by 53 per cent to 24 per cent.

Source: Britain was founded on racism, say almost half of young people in poll (

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