New label no progress: institutional racism and the persistent segregation of Romani students in the Czech Republic

Cashman, L. (2016) New label no progress: institutional racism and the persistent segregation of Romani students in the Czech Republic. Race, Ethnicity and Education. ISSN 1361-3324.

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Abstract

The over-representation of Romani children in special schools in the Czech Republic is well documented and widely condemned. In 2007 the European Court of Human Rights found the state guilty of discrimination against Romani children on the basis of disproportionate placement of children in remedial special schools. In 2015 high numbers of Romani children are still being misdiagnosed with Special Educational Needs and offered a limited and inappropriate education. This article explores the challenges which continue to hamper their successful inclusion in the Czech education system. Using Critical Race Theory as a lens to examine the Czech case, problems with the current policy trajectory are identified. The article shows that institutional racism persists in the Czech Republic, shaping attitudes and practices at all levels. Policy makers demonstrate little recognition of ingrained educational inequalities and Roma continue to be widely perceived as ‘others’ who must learn to adapt to Czech ways rather than as citizens who are entitled to services on their own terms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Czech Republic; critical race theory (CRT); racism; Roma; segregation; Special Educational Needs (SEN);
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science
J Political Science > JC Political theory
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Laura Cashman
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 15:52
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 19:36
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14699

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