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Systemic racism: the hidden barrier to educational success for Indigenous school students

By Loretta R. de Plevitz


Explanations for poor educational experiences and results for Australian Indigenous school students have, to a great extent, focused on intended or conscious acts or omissions. This paper adopts an analysis based on the legislation prohibiting indirect racial discrimination. Using the elements of the legislation and case law it argues that apparently benign and race-neutral policies and practices may unwittingly be having an adverse impact on Indigenous students' education. These practices or policies include the building blocks of learning, a Eurocentric school culture. Standard English as the language of assessment, legislation to limit schools' legal liability, and teachers' promotions

Topics: 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law, 130304 Educational Administration Management and Leadership, Indigenous or Aboriginal, Educational Policy, Racial Discrimination, Access to Education, School Students
Publisher: Australian Council for Educational Research Press
Year: 2007
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