Nov 19, 2016 07:51 AM EST

White Male Students Doing Worse than Chinese Pupils in School; Poverty Cited as One of Main Causes, says Report

By JC Santos

Poverty, a lack of connection with family members, dreading the feeling of going home. Even vast insults are just part of a few things white male students who do badly in school encounter after their classes.

According to The Guardian's Tim Lott, UK's white male students face a lack of hope and respect at home and in their neighborhoods. Lott added that the boys environment makes them "learn not to care."

"You (white boys) slouch and loaf and sneer. But you don't try because that is to buy into a game that is rigged and which you are almost certainly going to lose," he said.

Lott's statement echoes that of's coverage of an equality report the European and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) conducted in October 2015. The EHRC data showed that white children living in impoverished communities did worse against all other race groups with Chinese pupils — from both working and impoverished-classes — did the best.

BBC said EHRC's statement regarding the data indicated that "being poor now has a far more negative impact on the education of white children than it does for any other ethnic group". Today, "poor white boys" are not likely to be academic achievers who may end up with lower-paid jobs with no job security.

Lott attributes the white male student's dilemma to "culture" rather than "race." He posits that there are "rough personality variations between cultures, whether ethnically related or not." Lott also said that ethnic minorities may be vulnerable to racial prejudice but they feel part of a huge majority of groups championing liberal thinking.

He adds that culture makes society "the way we do things around here." A lack of power to change their environment plus the worldview that white working-class individuals are "the scum of the Earth" makes it harder for white working-class boys to strive further.

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