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GCSE textbook ridiculed for 'racist' stereotypes

OUTRAGE: AQA Sociology book (Photo credit: Twitter)

PUBLISHER AQA has announced that it will stop selling a GCSE textbook after it was found to contain stereotypes about Caribbean families.

AQA GCSE (9-1) Sociology text featured a paragraph in the sociology of families section in the book, which claimed Caribbean men are "largely absent" from family situations.

It reads: "In Caribbean families, the fathers and husbands are largely absent and women assume the most responsibility in childrearing.

"When men and women live together, it is usually in cohabiting or common law relationships that reproduce the traditional patriarchal division of labour."

"The family system is also characterised by child-shifting, that is, the passing of children to other relatives or acquaintances if the parents find themselves unable to take care of them. As a result, multiple women are involved in childhood socialisation."

An image of the textbook went viral across social media, with many calling it out for being "really dangerous" as there's no social or historical context.

Labour MP David Lammy was among those who condemned the passage. He tweeted: “Why are sweeping generalisations about African Caribbean people that stereotype communities like this in your GCSE sociology textbook? Sometimes it feels like little has changed since I was at school in the 80s.”

According to The Guardian, the GCSE textbook was originally released in 2014 and an updated version, which still includes the paragraph, was published in 2017.

The exam board AQA said: “We don’t agree with any stereotypes and there’s nothing about Caribbean families in our actual GCSE sociology syllabus. We don’t produce textbooks ourselves – but we’ll be speaking with the publisher of this book about these concerns, investigating thoroughly, and taking any necessary action.”

Hodder Education tweeted: “We are taking this feedback very seriously; we will be working with the authors and reviewing the entire textbook as a result of the concerns raised. Meanwhile, we have stopped supplying the book for sale.”

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