Carrying on in the same strain and increasing the emphasis on cross-cultural assimilation, the then Labor Government set up a committee in November 1997, under the chairmanship of Professor Bernard Crick that submitted its report (called the Crick Report) in 1998. But the report failed to tackle the menace of racism head-on, instead adopted a patronizing attitude towards minorities and sermonized on how they should try to assimilate with the mainstream and show more respect towards the rules of the land. Those that expected this report to throw light on how to eradicate racism from British society were predictably disappointed and were further let down by deliberate attempts made by this report to stereotype ethnic minorities into groups that were prone to stay huddled in closely connected groups that did not want to shed their shady and oftentimes criminal tendencies and refused to honor the laws, traditions and customs of Great Britain.
What Professor Bernard Crick possibly overlooked or deliberately did not elaborate was that most members of the ethnic minorities were second-generation immigrants and were born and brought up in the UK.
Thus this report did not in any perceptible manner try to tackle the problem of racism. (Archard, 2003)However, based largely on the recommendations of the Crick Report that emphasized the urgent need of making children falling in the age group 5 – 11 aware of their future role as responsible citizens and sensing the palpable divide in the society after the terrorist attack on twin towers in New York on September 2001, the then government in UK made Citizenship Education a compulsory part of school curriculum with the hope that future citizens of the country will become more aware of their role in tomorrow’ s society that would automatically be free of racial prejudices as the citizens will be more aware of what the society expects from them.
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