Black children should still study the works of “dead white men”, as a more equal society is not going to be created by a decolonized curriculum, the school's minister has said.
Nick Gibb addressed growing calls among academics and students to overhaul what children are taught in schools for GCSEs, including by changing the texts they study.
Several exam boards have purged reading lists for subjects such as English and updated textbooks to remove phrases that campaigners now consider to be contentious.
Speaking on Wednesday in a virtual speech to the Social Market Foundation think tank, Mr. Gibb said the country “should not be ashamed of who we are and where we came from”.
He also hit back at calls from figures including Sir John Major for the abolition of GCSEs, saying it would set the education system back decades and fail the most disadvantaged.
Mr. Gibb said Britain would not create a “more harmonious, tolerant and equal society” simply by “promoting a curriculum based on relevance to, or representativeness of, anyone group”.
He continued: "We will not create a more harmonious, tolerant, and equal society through promoting a curriculum based on relevance to, or representativeness of, any one group.
"Nor will we do so by being ashamed of who we are and where we came from."
It comes after a report released this week found that less than a quarter of the public supports “decolonizing” the curriculum.
Just 23 percent of people in England believe that universities should actively remove course material that reflects a "western dominated view of the world", according to research by the UPP Foundation and Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi).