Thursday, October 10, 2013

Why Jacky can't read

How Victoria's Education Department encourages Aboriginal students to master language, mathematics, chemistry and all the other subjects that save teachers from the ignominy of careers as social workers:

Click and the image will get bigger, as the Indigenous actress said to the Rainbow Serpent bishop.

And don't forget, no physics lesson is complete without a Welcome to Country ceremony, about which Education Victoria has formulated some helpful guidelines. Notice that the department's normal abhorrence of sexism and gender stereotyping has been suspended...


... but cash payments haven't been:

  

18 comments:

  1. Paying cash (and that's generally what's expected) to someone who welcomes you to 'their' country is a sign of "cultural respect"? Gee, if I was a person who identified as Aboriginal, I think I would find that offensive to my 'culture'. Not much to respect in that kind of expectation; it rather degrades the sincerity of the welcome.

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    1. How many chipped rocks or whittled sticks are required as payment?

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  2. PhillipGeorge(c)2013October 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    And what's the logic behind welcoming people who were born here to where they live?
    Interesting Aboriginals could be afforded birth rights along with every other 'other' in direct contradistinction to those particularly white middle class heterosexuals of oh so yesterday.
    In the race to self destruct, or at least just disassociate, a 'we' had to adopt every otherness in town rather than own a real self.
    To wit Prof, MI5's Andrew Parker just gaffed the gaff the Muslims just aren't "the British Public" - see here:
    30 years too late:
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/09/328463/terror/

    In learning to read and write two little words "self" and "we" should form the corner stone of a better education system.
    That pointing to the basis of all jurisprudence.

    Given this all came from a man responsible for issuing bullet vests, take note. Lebanon, Beirut, the Balkans, Mindanao etc etc etc etc, here.

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  3. I beleive numbers of the mordy bromberg tribe are "comverting" to islamofascism,in jails ,where they are serving time for violece against women and children,This is apropriate as moslems have similar attitudes to women and children,However muslims dont drink alcohol and mordybrombergists LOVE it,how long before they have to be chastised or beheaded?

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  4. What are the Aboriginal words for Gravy Train?

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    1. "Welcum to cundry brudda - thad'll be two hunred dollars"

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    2. You got that right David! i worked with them before mordy and the lefties discovered them and used them as a stick to beat white Taxpayers

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  5. If the Poms ever learn about this Welcome to Country caper there will be chaos. Angles, Jutes, Celts, Saxons, Romans, Druids, Normans and Calathumpians will be brawling for the gig.
    Michael O

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  6. I have often wondered what happened to the Koorie Education Unit. Now I note, that it has morphed into a behemoth, presumably with a voracious appetite for hyperventilated meetings, clip-boards, laptops and butcher's paper. I once tangled with the KEU because I had the temerity to discipline an Aboriginal child in the same manner as all other students. WRONG. The KEU had found something to do, and relished in the brouhaha they had orchestrated. I escaped being cleansed of my malfeasance with lashings of eucalyptus smoke. The same wimmin today, would descend with even greater fury.

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    1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.October 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Try that smoke on me and I would sue them for giving me asthma.

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  7. I think they should also have an appropriate ceremony to mark "Invasion Day" - so long as they acknowledge they lost. Welcome to Country Ceremonies are rubbish and I have had to leave more than one function which decided to hold one of these absurdities as I will not be welcomed to the country I was born in by anyone no matter what colour they are. Rant over.

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  8. I have some mixed emotions to this piece Sir Bunyip.

    Our poor Australian education system with respect (sic) to our history has very little place for informing local student citizens about pre-1788 history and post-1788 without reaching for a black arm ban. There is so much to be proud of but its hidden away for the victim story to be rolled out and perpetuated.
    Contrast that with the yanks. Their kids have been taught about many things they can be proud of. "Redskin" team controversy or not US folks are proud of their nations brave native stories and these people on the whole.

    It also reminds me of a recent story concerning a QLD developer paying to have land for his proposed business development "blessed" by the local Elders.

    After sitting about on site for a day or so they were asked,
    "So are you guys going to walk-about the land along the boundaries as part of the traditional rites?"

    "That's pretty long grass out there buddy. Brown snakes could be out there. We don't want to get bit."

    Burning a log in the car-park was plenty good enough.

    Spirits appeased, cash payed, snakes safe...everybody happy - that's what progress looks like in 21st century Oz!

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  9. Does Ernie Dingo get a royalty for welcome to country sokings? He should he invented this in the 1980 s! Paying cash! What about beads,rum or dry tea leaf,that was currency early on !

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  10. "In the past acknowledging your Aboriginality could have terrible consequences, and even today Aboriginal people across the Victorian workforce experience discriminatory comments and attitudes from colleagues and managers — nearly 10 per cent of Aboriginal adults living with children reported discrimination at work or applying for work in 2008."
    Cripes in the past 40 or so years acknowledging your Aboriginality has had far from terrible consequences. One has only to look at 21st century 'aboriginal" scholarship holders, special employment beneficiaries and the like to recognize there is a big plus in acknowledging some if not all aboriginal ancestry..

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  11. I once attended a community cabinet when Red Ted first became premier of Victoria.
    Mine was the only bum that stayed chaired during the silliness of welcome to country. I don't believe in it and my Mum welcomed me with a kiss over 70 yrs ago, I'M AUSTRALIAN.--THIS IS MY COUNTRY TOO
    BTW, I was noticed and didn't care who thought I was being impolite!I'd had those local Kooris up to the eyebrows when I was head of a local school and they knew all the lurks and perks but never how to politely say Please and Thank You and mean it!

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  12. The Old and Unimproved DaveOctober 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    We really should thank the relevant public servants for proving that not even common sense can escape from the black hole that is the modern Education Department. How Einstein missed that little space-time anomaly, I have no idea.

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  13. And to make these 'ceremonies' even more hilarious, I'm sure most of the performers would look like whitey self-identifiers anyway.

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  14. Love your header Prof.
    Have you heard from Mordy yet?

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