The simple fact, proven over and over again, is that …

Comment on Indigenous education review: no more ‘biliteracy’; boarding for secondary students by George.

The simple fact, proven over and over again, is that boarding schools for children from remote Aboriginal communities are almost always a disaster, regardless of the usual cliches of community support etc.
Boarding school is often personally alienating and destructive for the child. The transitional colleges run by the NT Department were also a disaster. They created many more problems than they solved. The current proposal for boarding schools is simply going around the same discredited merry go round.

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