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To improve teacher morale, stability and ultimately student outcomes the most important reform the Government needs to focus on is to heal their relationship with their teaching workforce. A good start would be to settle the EBA dispute.

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Dujuan’s moving story and its missing pieces
@ Meg: Thanks for your post. The need for Aboriginal children to have their histories, identities, languages and culture taught and valued in our education system inspires In My Blood It Runs. This is a timely message for our local schools.
I was shocked when I worked as a teacher at Yirara College to discover that Aboriginal histories, identity, languages and culture are ignored.
The students knew almost nothing of their own history but were familiar with the white history of Australia. What could be more important to identity than knowing your own history?
It was always my interest at Yirara to address the shortfall of Aboriginal history but it was not encouraged.
It struck me as unbalanced that Anzac Day, commemorating mainly white wars, is so important in the Yirara calendar that staff work on that public holiday in order to accompany students to watch the march.
By contrast there are Aboriginal heroes that could and should be celebrated.
I found the story of Jandamarra inspirational and taught it. Jandamarra was a Bunaba resistance fighter who fought against cattlemen trying to take over his people’s country.
His bravery is celebrated in the film Jandamarra’s War.
This was objected to at Yirara because Jandamarra killed white people and this was considered unacceptable.
Teaching and valuing Aboriginal histories, identities and culture also has the capacity to engage students and stimulate their learning. In place of the boring mainstream curriculum at Yirara that fails to engage students it could be an important breakthrough.


Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
Financial incentives and disincentives have been tried and both have failed.
All strategies aiming to throw the responsibility back on parents have not worked.
We must move on.
Of course schools can’t teach everything but it is reasonable to expect them to reinforce the values that are under threat, namely respect for western rules and property.
Teaching values has always been part of schooling and is not an additional burden.
There is evidence reported by the Alice Springs News that some schools are part of the problem rather than the solution.
In my opinion it is timely to examine the part that schools are playing or not playing in the Aboriginal youth crisis in our town.


Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
@Jack1 Of course parents should step up but that sentiment has been expressed dozens of times and it is clear that they won’t or can’t.
We have to go beyond wishful thinking.
It is logical to try to influence these kids on their first contact with our institutions and that’s school.
Yipirinya at the primary level and Yirara for secondary are the main ones.
Imagine the benefits of heading off these kids at an early age, before they become street criminals and in time prisoners at the local jail.
Michael Liddle says that Alice Springs has people who have no regard for western rules or property within the municipal area of Alice Springs.
Schools are not responsible for this or at fault but they should be addressing the issue as far as they can in my opinion.
Having regard for western rules and property should be part of schooling.


Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
How about schools step up!
Council isn’t funded to control youth and rates are already sky high.
Schools are funded.
Yipirinya get about $28,000 for each student.
Each Yirara student costs $60,000 a year according to an article in The Australian in 2018.
These two schools are very well paid to educate the youth now causing havoc on our streets.
Any comments from the schools or staff about the programs they run to teach their students regard for property are welcome.


Old Timers Village resident locked in
If Alan simply signed over a power of attorney he doesn’t need a lawyer to revoke it. There is a freely available form for this purpose on the internet.
If he has been deemed to have lost capacity he needs to be assessed again because he does not present as someone who has lost the capacity to make decisions over their own affairs.


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