Dec 20, 2012

Govts part of the black education problem

The latest NAPLAN results show that government's have failed to "close the gap" between indigenous and non-indigenous students, despite billions being spent. So what does work?

Chris Graham

Tracker managing editor

One of the great ironies of the latest round of hand-wringing over the results in the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (or NAPLAN) tests is that while we flog our black kids for not learning fast enough –and the schools for not lifting their results — as a nation we continue to fail to learn the lessons of our own past.

A report in The Australian this week lays it all bare. It notes that in a few areas, including the reading standard of year 3 students, indigenous students are closing the gap. However, on average, indigenous students and non-indigenous students are improving at exactly the same rate, meaning the gap remains the same. This means the federal government’s aim to halve the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous students in literacy and numeracy skills by 2018 is even more difficult — and unlikely.

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2 thoughts on “Govts part of the black education problem

  1. Bob Durnan

    Why would Chris Graham give links to irrelevant quotes by Pyne, whilst failing to substantiate his claims about the magic of the Sarra method by supplying any links to the allegedly crucial evidence? Unless …
    Nor does Graham appear to have spent much time in remote communities recently, or he would have seen that most of them got quite a lot out of the stimulus spending.

  2. sottile6

    The main difference between Chris Sarra and advocates of rote learning is that Sarra is a teacher with a lot of experience and so he knows what he is talking about. A ridiculous rote learning scheme was bound to fail as any teacher with classroom experience knows. Why would anyone experiment on kids like that to trial something which has been discredited for 50 years?

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