Aboriginal leaders reject call to halt English lessons
THE AUSTRALIAN JULY 10, 2014 12:00AM
National Education Correspondent
A PROMINENT literacy academic responsible for training English teachers has challenged the need for Aboriginal children in remote communities to learn English and the assumption that their reading and writing skills need fixing.
Stewart Riddle, education lecturer in literacies and English curriculum at the University of Southern Queensland, has questioned whether raising indigenous literacy levels across Australia “is inherently a good thing, in and of itself”, likening it to the assimilation policies that led to the Stolen Generations. …
(includes recording of interview with Stewart Riddle)