Accommodation and Integration: Educating English Muslims, 1962–98
Education has been the policy area most central to British multiculturalism, and the school has been the arena in which actors have felt most able to mould multiculturalism in their desired image. For ethnic minority parents, British schooling has been a source of anxiety. Such concerns have reflected fears that children will not be accorded equality of opportunity; will be educated “out of” their culture; and might exit schools unable to compete in the British jobs market. Muslim parents, like most Commonwealth immigrants, generally regarded British education as highly valuable. Colonial subjects were often led to idealize the educational system of the metropole.