A leading Think Tank has highlighted lack of male role models and a failure in the education of boys as underlying causes of the recent riots in London and other English cities.
Harriet Sergeant of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has written an article for the Sunday Times New Reivew entitled Fixing Broken Britain (££) which follows research she undertook for the CPS book “Wasted: the betrayal of white working class and black Caribbean boys” in 2009
Having spent years talking to gangs, youth club leaders, teachers, community leaders and charities, Sergeant found that a failure for white working class and black Caribbean boys to make the transition to manhood was leaving them dangerously disengaged from society.
This disengagement resulted in both an increase in violent incidents and youth disorder. According to Sergeant, three key areas helped produce this disengagement:
- A lack of male role models
- A failure of education and literacy
- Poor job market incentives due to welfare and immigration