Mission schools were originally set up to protect Indigenous populations from white massacres and other violence related to colonialism.
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Schooling has historically been used to control Indigenous peoples, rather than to liberate or educate them.
Indigenous graduates celebrate at the University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia.
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The gap between academic achievement for Indigenous and non-indigenous learners is growing. First Nations education authorities could provide a strategic solution.
Australia’s Indigenous population is growing – rapidly.
The census mostly delivered a good news story on Indigenous Australian outcomes, but it is unclear to what extent this correlates to improved lives for Indigenous families.
The Murri School is one of the few Indigenous owned and controlled schools in Australia.
Screenshot from YouTube video.
For the past 30 years, this Indigenous owned and controlled school has been quietly achieving results. Here's what the school board president says is behind their success.
Seeking out a good education can sometimes take you away from what’s familiar.
If the government is to continue to spend millions toward sending Indigenous children away to boarding school, we need research into how effective this model is, and its impact on communities.
In some Aboriginal communities, over 50% of adults say they do not have the literacy they need for everyday tasks.
Literacy for Life Foundation/Adam Sharman
The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Why has such little progress been made over the past 50 years in Indigenous education?
Indigenous peoples have very little power when it comes to education policy. Goals, targets and strategies are instead set by the government.
One way teachers can respect culture is by embedding it into ‘mainstream’ subjects.
Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.
We need to stop blaming Indigenous students and families for low school achievement.
Focusing on the opportunity to learn gap removes the emphasis from locating "the problem" in the person, and turns our attention to the differences in access to educational resources.
Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, speaking on Q&A, August 29, 2016.
Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, told Q&A that $30 billion is spent every year on 500,000 Indigenous people in Australia. Is that right?
Australia’s appalling record of equity in education has once again been confirmed in the latest Closing the Gap report. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the report’s dismal findings present an…
Graduates of a 2015 Tertiary Entry Program, which paves the way into university courses, with lead author and CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Bronwyn Fredericks (fourth from left) and Provost Hilary Winchester (far right).
If we're serious about closing the gap in Indigenous education, our new research shows the value of building better bridges into universities and vocational education.
Preschool attendance has been shown to improve literacy and numeracy for Indigenous children.
The Closing the Gap report shows a mix of successes and failures, but early childhood education holds the key to significant progress.
Isolation affects ability to perform on national standardised tests.
While the NT consistently performs lowest on national and international tests, with a long tail of low achievement, the ACT consistently performs highest.
No improvements have been made to Indigenous higher education participation or completion despite a major review.
Three years after the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People which aimed to increase university attendance for Indigenous Australians, not much has changed.
Measures to close the gap in Indigenous education outcomes aren’t working.
This year’s update on Closing the Gap presents a picture similar to 2014 in education - there is much work still to be done to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students…
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with kindergarden kids at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in the NT have the nation’s lowest retention rate, so it’s time to try more creative ways to fix that.
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Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Leader of the pack: Djalu Gurruwiwi of the Galpu clan leads younger performers at the 2013 Garma Festival in Arnhem Land.
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Tony Abbott is spending this week in North East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Tony Abbott keeps appointing businessmen like Andrew Forrest, who have limited expertise in analysing evidence and developing social policy, to advise the government.
The Creating Parity report on Indigenous employment and welfare, released last week by mining magnate Andrew Forrest, is in much the same vein as Tony Shepherd’s recent Commission of Audit. Forrest and…
No one-size-fits-all approach will solve Indigenous literacy problems.
Closing the gap in Indigenous literacy is a problem without a simple solution. But it can be done. As I’ve argued previously, we need to give up the search for a one-size-fits-all approach and adopt a…