The Politics of Suffering
Peter Sutton's new book The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the end of the liberal consensus has gained wide attention and generated considerable controversy. Marcia Langton says, 'If the ideologues in the Aboriginal affairs industry - whether progressive romantics or carping neo-conservatives - were to read this book, they would put it down at the end with a heavy heart but a sharp, clear view of the problems that face Aboriginal citizens'. More details on the book's arguments, a link to a contrary viewpoint and a link to a videoclip of Marcia Langton discussing the book with Peter Sutton here.
Our Children, Our Future Report
Please find above a new report titled Our Children, Our Future - Achieving Improved Primary and Secondary Education Outcomes for Indigenous Students. An Overview of Investment Opportunities and Approaches.
The report is published by the AMP Foundation, Effective Philanthropy and Social Ventures Australia. It seeks 'to provide insight into the role that can be played by the philanthropic sector to help and improve the education outcomes of Indigenous young people in Australia'. It does not provide recommendations. Rather, it provides potential investors with background information to help them to understand the issues and conceptual frameworks to help them to identify and assess potential investment options.
Social Justice Reports
The report analyses promising ways to address family violence and child abuse in Indigenous communities, considers the human rights impact of Northern Territory intervention and outlines reported government initiatives to address family violence and child abuse. To download a copy of the report go to Social Justice Report 2007
The report analyses the accessibility of mainstream services under the new arrangements for Indigenous affairs, the adequacy of government engagement and participation of communities under the new arrangements for Indigenous affairs and reports on international developments on the rights of indigenous peoples. To download a copy of the report go to Social Justice Report 2006
Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey
The WAACHS is the largest and most comprehensive study of Aboriginal child health and development ever undertaken in Australia. Its main aim is to improve community and scientific understanding of what Aboriginal children and young people need to develop in healthy ways.
There are four volumes of survey findings:
Volume 1 describes the physical health of Aboriginal children and young people and was officially launched on 3 June 2004.
Volume 2 focuses on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and young people and was officially launched on 13 April 2005.
Volume 3 examines the educational experiences of Aboriginal children and young people and was officially launched on 24 March 2006.
Volume 4 examines the role of families and communities in supporting the healthy development of Aboriginal children and young people. This volume was officially launched on 22 November 2006.
You can download a summary of the findings from each volume however to order the first volume of the full findings from the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey download an order form
Improving Understanding of Aboriginal Literacy: Factors in Text Comprehension
This report is available by contacting:
The ESL Resource Centre, Department of Education and Training, 151 Royal Street, East Perth WA 6004
Telephone:08 9383 1122
"Why We Need To Get Our Act Together And Take This Seriously"
Speech by Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, Friday 18th November 2005, Dare to Lead conference. To read Jackie's speech click here.
Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education
Aboriginal Education has been in crisis for decades. Despite reform efforts of successive Federal and State governments, low levels of academic achievement are common and poor participation and retention rates continue.
Reform and Resistance in Aboriginal Education provides a comprehensive account of the origins of the crisis, its theoretical dimensions and its impact on young people both in and out of school.
First published in 2003 by
University of Western Australia Press Crawley, Western Australia 6009 www.uwapress.uwa.edu.au ISBN 1 920694 03 X.
Young and Black and Deadly: Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Indigenous Students
The ACE Publication Quality Teaching Series has a new release authored by Indigenous educator Chris Sarra.
The paper discusses the value of genuinely valuing Aboriginal perspectives about Aboriginal education and changes at the school have been based on the premise that if Aboriginal children could be convinced to subscribe to positive and meaningful Aboriginal beliefs, then the outcomes for these students would be greatly enhanced. His consultations with Elders in the local community greatly assisted in promoting beter 'service' to the members of the community. To order a copy visit the Australian College of Educators website www.austcolled.com.au
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