On this page you will find a variety of information chosen to both inform and provoke your thinking about the education of Indigenous peoples in mainstream schooling.
The first thing you need to understand is that Indigenous peoples have rights which are recognised under international agreements, treaties, and conventions.
Education is always very high on the agenda when discussing the provision of mainstream services to Indigenous and other traditionally-oriented communities. The articles by Langton and Pearson explain the seriousness of the issues involved and raise many important issues for teachers and the education system to address here in Australia.
Learn about education of Aboriginal children through the eyes of Dr Raymattja Marika, from the speech she gave at the Wentworth Lecture in 1998.
Have a look at the questions posed by McIntosh and Leonardo in their papers
and follow this up with doing the activity Thinking about your Biography (pdf 23Kb).
Have a look at Education is the key (pdf 1.4Mb) for a discussion about Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory.
Read Professor Marcia Langton's award-winning article Trapped in the Aboriginal reality show (pdf 278Kb) published in the Griffith Review. This paper won the 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Award - The Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate.
Dr. Chris Sarra discusses the idea of mutual responsibility in the context of schools in the Mutual responsibilities: Policy partnerships not people punishment (pdf 22Kb).
What Works (pdf 128Kb) has developed a very important set of resources for teachers. Setting up for success is the first of the Core Issues papers.