Comments (5)

  1.' Liz Patara says:

    The elimination of such prejudice is life long. 

  2.' Sam says:

    great article – unfortunately I think the findings from the small study are true – just from my own experience in NZ schools

  3.' Calli says:

    Racism is a root metaphor that is embedded from childhood by parents who where shaped by their parents…it's a case of mother's milk. It is only irradicated once acknowledged and a choice is made to meet every student as an individual not as part of a race, creed or culture. The very advocacy of Maori culture could indeed be what is perpetuating this root metaphor. If we approached everyone as "innocently" as possible and on an individualised basis (where they are taken and accepted for their own merits and faults, not those perceived judements of their forefathers and/or cultural group) in a conscious manner, we would find prejudice would not exisist. Perhaps we need to train teachers (and students) to become conscious human beings, instead of perpetuating a prejudiced paradigm?

  4.' Dorothy says:

    I would be very interested to know how many of the Maths teachers interviewed for this study were New Zealand born and educated. Racism and prejudice continue to be huge issues in our classrooms, particularly when the teachers themselves are recent immigrants, still grappling with what it means to be a New Zealander.


  5.' Valola Allmark (Vee), one cheaper says:

    I see racism in the way people are attended to in medical areas and shops. Several people sit and wait at a diabetes clinic at Whangarei Hospital. Some are Maori, some are white. The clinic assistant appears and immediately speaks first to the white ones, and they are attended to first, while the Maori wait. Shopping in Whangarei with my Maori partner, and comparing two items, while being told by the assistant that you cannot afford the dearer more efficient one, and so they don't want to show it to you. Or your partner's (Maori) Mum being ignored at the carpet shop, as the assistant walked past her to attend to a white person who came in later. This year, this town, and the shop assistants and the clinic assistant were local, white New Zealanders.

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