Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

Patience, persistence and persuasion: the how-to of Indigenous curriculum practice

By Susan Page

‘I can’t breathe’. As the Black Lives Matter movement gathered global momentum these words became a familiar refrain; forever linked to the African American man whose life was extinguished by police on a city street in 2020. Few recall the same words uttered by an Aboriginal man in a police cell in Sydney in 2015,

Do we really have a frightening school to prison pipeline in this country? Only one way to find out

By Linda Graham and Callula Killingly

Exclusionary discipline is on the rise in Australian schools, as highlighted by recent research in Queensland and South Australia. This is highly concerning that suspension does not address the reasons underlying behaviour and can instead exacerbate those behaviours. For some students, these experiences devolve into ongoing cycles of repeated suspensions. In the long term, students

The new review: good, bad, ugly and curiously ignorant

By Viv Ellis

In what, internationally, is becoming a sure sign of an impending general election, here we have yet another review of initial teacher education in Australia – a ‘thousand and second damnation’, perhaps, in the words of one of the review panel members. Delivered to former minister Alan Tudge in October but released last Thursday with

We must embed the full histories of this Country or rob all Australian students of understanding our home

By Marnee Shay and Rhonda Oliver

We come together as Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal collaborators with a strong desire to see the excellent policy reforms in Indigenous education in Australia come to life.

The ignorance of our shared history is shocking. Morrison’s denial shows us time for truth-telling is NOW

By Melitta Hogarth

Never has the cultural gap been so evident.  What I am talking about is the outright denial and whitewashing of the shared Australian history.  The leader of colonial Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison proclaimed on commercial radio station 2GB that Australia was founded on the basis that there be no slavery.  His failure to recall

Black Lives matter; We matter

By Kath Coff

So, I lie awake not being able to sleep, as the fire of my Ancestors burns inside me for change. I roll over trying to hide from it all, as I am tired, having just worked a full-time week, raising my gorgeous kids and teaching them from home, working and living for my Community, my

We need more Indigenous voices to help attract and keep Indigenous teachers

By Ren Perkins

I am a Murri man from South East Queensland. I have connections with the Quandamooka People from North Stradbroke Island and to the Aboriginal Community of Cherbourg, Queensland. I am proud of my Aboriginal heritage and would like to contribute to my people through education and research. I have worked in Indigenous education for over

Taken for a ride? How the education vehicle breaks down for First Nations people

By John Guenther

The ‘education is the key’ mantra is often used as a metaphor in remote First Nations communities to

Before we begin again, I want to tell you why last year was horrendous

By Melitta Hogarth

The education year is about to begin but I can’t let 2018 go. Not yet. I want to share with you how last year was for me, a Kamilaroi woman, a former schoolteacher and now a university lecturer and educational researcher. My urge to share is simply because I need to be persistent and I