A brilliant speech by a great woman who has been …

Comment on Anderson says she is not in conflict with Chief Minister on bilingual schooling by David Rose.

A brilliant speech by a great woman who has been working for her community through the decades of struggle, triumph and disappointment. Education in Aboriginal community schools is and always has been bilingual, whenever children speak their community languages. It’s a very long time since they were prevented from speaking their languages in NT schools, but also a long time since they were effectively taught literacy. The former so-called “bilingual” programs were abysmally ineffective at teaching literacy in any language, for all the reasons Ms Andersen says. Let’s hope we don’t just see re-runs of those kinds of programs.

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