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Aboriginal leaders reject call to halt English lessons
THE AUSTRALIAN JULY 10, 2014 12:00AM
Justine Ferrari

National Education Correspondent
Sydney
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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. …

http://caama.com.au/my-comments-were-taken-out-of-context

(includes recording of interview with Stewart Riddle)

 

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