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Rundle: anatomy of a beat-up on Aboriginal literacy

The Australian is tearing down a straw-man in its stories on Aboriginal education this week. Time for a Rundle reality check.

Aboriginal kids shouldn’t have English lessons” says academic, in a Justine Ferrari article in the Oz. Forehead-clutch. Curse. Oh no. What ammunition has some dweeby academic given these lunatics now?

None, as it turned out. The story was a complete beat-up, and a rather mendacious one. In The Conversation, Stewart Riddle, an education academic at USQ, had written a

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