News Analysis: Indigenous education still behind

Discussion in 'News' started by Leanne Morgan, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. Leanne Morgan

    Leanne Morgan Administrator Staff Member

    New census figures show that closing the education gap is still a long way off for Indigenous Australians.
    By Nicholas Biddle, Australian National University
    AUSTRALIA BY NUMBERS: Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will release the first batch of its 2011 census data. We’ve asked some of the country’s top demographers and statisticians to crunch the numbers on Australia’s population: how we live, where we work, who our families are and how we spend our time.
    Here, economist and demographer Nicholas Biddle looks at Australia’s Indigenous population as it stands in 2011, and how far from “Closing the Gap” we really are.

    The 1990s was supposed to be the “reconciliation decade”. Despite 250,000-300,000 Australians walking across the Harbour Bridge twelve years ago, it is clear that many of the aims of the movement have not been met.

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    The article also contains some interesting graphs, one of which shows the percentage of indigenous people who have completed year 12 (or equivalent) – 25%!! What do you think about the census data on indigenous levels of education? Have you read any other interesting education-based census statistics?

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  2. Leanne Morgan

    Leanne Morgan Administrator Staff Member

    Below are two more articles on indigenous literacy and educational achievement.

    Low expectations must be lifted
    August 09, 2012

    THE strong reputation of NSW schools has been tarnished by an alarming report on Aboriginal literacy.
    Despite spending tens of millions of dollars a year, we appear less able to teach indigenous children to read and write than we were 10 years ago.

    The lack of progress was detailed in a report by NSW Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat released yesterday. Rather than meeting policy goals of closing the gap between Aboriginal and other students, the audit found that on some measures such as Year 3 literacy, the percentage of Aboriginal students below the minimum standard had worsened from just above 20 per cent in 2001 to 25 per cent in 2007. Similar problems have been identified in other states.

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    This article also discusses indigenous literacy but required a subscription to ‘The Australian’ to read the full article -

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