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Study: Tolerance classes in school more likely to create intolerant children

A major new study out of the Netherlands has found that children who are exposed to "diversity" or "anti-racism" classes are more likely to harness animosity toward other cultures.

The study, published in the European Sociological Review, found that accusing white students of racism causes animosity, and discussing sensitive religious concerns such as honor killings paints minority children in a bad light, The Daily Mail reports.

"When more attention in class is being paid to the multicultural society, the liberalising effect of positive contact in class on youngsters' xenophobic attitude decreases," the study found.

The study surveyed 1,444 students aged 14 and 15 in ten schools in the city of Nijmegen. It said boys tended to be more intolerant of other groups than girls, and intolerance was greatest among those with strong religious or ethnic identity, The Daily Mail reports.

Education expert and author Patricia Morgan said yesterday: "If you rub children's noses in their supposed racism, they resent it."

"Pupils are being accused of things they haven't thought or done. Multiculturalism attempts to manipulate children's thoughts, beliefs and emotions, it amounts to indoctrination, and it doesn't work. It is counter-productive," she said. "This study shows that when people try to manipulate children's minds, it bounces back on them."

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