Submission to the NT Indigenous Education Review

I am disappointed to find that even though 2 working weeks have elapsed since the Submissions to the NT Education Review were due, the NT Government has not made them public. But sadly I am not at all surprised. The NT Government, the Government that we trust and fund to overcome extreme (i.e. 3rd world…

Learning Japanese the Bruce Wilson Way: Responding to the NT Review of Indigenous Education Part 2

This is part of a three-part critique of the draft report: Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory written by Bruce Wilson. The public release of this Report resulted in a brief flurry of media reports and then nothing.  Most of the media reports highlighted only one recommendation: to deliver secondary education mainly in…

Northern Territory Review of Indigenous Education: What Bruce Wilson missed, Part one

I have just finished reading Bruce Wilson’s Draft Independent Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory and I am impressed and dismayed. I am impressed because this is the first time I have seen a report on the NT Department of Education (DoE) website that notes the systemic failure of ‘bush schools’ in the…

Holding Ken Wiltshire to the flame of his own promises

This week Ken Wiltshire, one of the two reviewers of the National Curriculum,  responded to the widespread concern about the quality and impartiality of the recently announced National Curriculum Review   Critics of school curriculum review too quick to perceive a threat instead of potential way forward. In this article he promises a review that is…

New Year Resolutions for Public Education Supporters

I have avoided reading ‘the 13 best’ or ‘the 10 most X of Y’ lists which seem to be quite the thing at this time of the year. But today Lyndsay Connors sent me a link to this blog by John Kuhntz which included a list of the 5 most important things public educators in…

NT’s Adam Giles does a ‘Pyne’ on Gonski

We had fantastic news today.  Gonski is saved.  This is worth celebrating but in doing so, let us also remember that because of the different arrangements for the ‘Hold out’ states (Qld, WA and NT)  - the states where most of our remote Indigenous citizens reside – we do not have a national needs based…