WE have a few generations of kilts in our wardrobe. They were passed on to my brothers and then to me … and then to our son.

If required, I’m sure they could cater for another couple of generations, such is their hardiness.

But maybe the politically correct police will be out and about before then.

Last week, Education Scotland recommended that schoolteachers should ask themselves: “To what extent do the resources in your setting promote diversity and portray members of all ethnic and cultural groups in positive and non-stereotypical ways (for example avoiding showing Scots in kilts or Black children as poor, helpless Africans)?”

The Scottish Government recently awarded a contract to start developing a new anti-racist curriculum to “focus primarily on early years settings, schools and local authorities in Scotland”.

Glasgow-based consultant Hakim Din, a former schools inspector, was given the three-month task. His work will be built on an overview of “good practice” recently published by Scottish Government agency Education Scotland.

In a foreword for the document, SNP education secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville promised a revolution around the teaching of race in our classrooms, calling on schools to be “bold and innovative ... in order that all our children and young people have the opportunity to become the types of citizens that we want to have”.

The document blames Britain for inventing the concept of race to make it “easier ... to downplay the brutality of slavery and colonisation. ‘Other races’ were portrayed as inferior, even subhuman, and in need of ‘help’ from Britain. This system of social categorisation based on race has also resulted in white privilege”.

To correct imbalances, it recommends ways of changing Scots’ perception of the world from the youngest ages: “In Early Level, dolls and figures, dressing up clothes, picture books and wall displays are all ways to normalise diversity.

“Portrayals of diversity should avoid stereotyping groups.”

Moves to tackle racism are, of course, vital and welcomed, and the Scottish Government has insisted teachers would get free rein to follow the Education Scotland guidance or design their own anti-racism lessons.

But surely we can still wear our kilts with pride, comfortable that we are not subverting the attitudes of our children.

Another story emerged last week warning of an impending shortage of kilts this summer due to the wedding backlog.

Bosses at one kilt hire business cautioned that Scotland could “run out of kilts” for hire for the special event.

David Dalrymple, of A1 Kilt Hire, said: “We have never seen such a high level of demand for kilt hire. The pandemic has created a record number of wedding bookings for the summer.”

No shortage of Scots opting for the stereotype look, then.

Meanwhile, if anyone is short of a wee kilt to borrow, do get in touch.