ACER releases the Australian Education Review, which suggests that evidence-based research and evaluation programs, with the full participation of Indigenous people, from the national level down to the school, is necessary to successfully address the complex educational disadvantage of Indigenous Australians.
Writing in the Foreword to The Case for Urgency: Advocating for Indigenous voice in education, Prof Mark Rose, Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy and Education at La Trobe University, notes that the Indigenous education policy landscape has over the last 50 years become cluttered with concepts and positions challenging the education profession. Over the same period, the Indigenous voice has not changed but is not properly heard.
“Addressing the educational disadvantage of Indigenous Australians requires real consultation, consistent policies, concerted and persistent effort by governments, and a real commitment to funding,” Rose said.
Dr Kevin Gillan, Executive Director of Education Partnerships in the Northern Territory Department of Education and lead author of the review, said the political process and rapid election cycle mean that insufficient time is allocated to policy implementation, and funding is often cut.
“We need to understand that the educational disadvantage of Indigenous Australians is extremely complex, and that Indigenous Australian children carry with them the educational and trauma debts of their parents, grandparents and communities,” Gillan said.
The review also identifies five key and immediate challenges and case studies of school programs that seek to address those challenges:
Opera Queensland is touring performances of The Frog Prince and La Boheme with primary schools included for the first time.
Allowing girls to wear shorts and trousers to school has been surprisingly controversial and some rigour around debate on the issue has been introduced with recent research on the topic. Read More
We don't get enough exercise, kids and adults alike, it’s to do with time, we all lead super busy lives, that and motivation, it’s far too easy to switch on the TV to watch others do the sport and dial Ubereats. Read More
Talk-And-Walk-A-Thon is a new nationwide initiative by Peer Support Australia where students put down their phones, connect with their peers face to face and get some exercise. Read More