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COUNCIL LEADER DENIES MULTICULTURALISM IN BRADFORD SCHOOLS TO BLAME FOR RACE PROBLEMS

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Bradford's Labour group leader denied this morning that multiculturalism in schools was responsible for the city's ...
Bradford's Labour group leader denied this morning that multiculturalism in schools was responsible for the city's race relations problems.
The allegation was made by former Bradford headteacher Ray Honeyford, who was at the centre of controversy 15 years ago when he claimed he had been sacked for opposing the local education authority's policy of multiculturalism. Speaking on Radio Four's Today programme this morning, Mr Honeyford said he had been proved right by recent events and by the Ouseley report. LEAs had lost sight of the need to educate all pupils as British children, he said.
But Ian Greenwood, leader of the council's Labour group, told Today that he supported Sir Herman Ouseley's report and that the report did not vindicate Mr Honeyford.
'What Sir Herman was talking about was educating children on a broad basis and promulgating a wide knowledge of all cultures within the district', Mr Greenwood said.
That was not the same as Mr Honeyford's 'retrospective justification', he said.
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