Luke Pearson was Indigenous X host from December 27, 2013 to January 3, 2014.
Five questions to Luke
Twitter has also been great in letting me connect with a wide range of very deadly and amazingly inspirational people online, many of whom have been kind enough to host @IndigenousX in the past or have promised to in 2014.
Schools are actually already obligated to ensure adequate educational opportunities for Indigenous students, to educate all Australians about Indigenous Australia, and to eliminate racial discrimination – including direct and indirect racism, racial vilification and harassment by their own policies, but unfortunately many teachers, administrators and executives do not feel adequately trained, resourced and/or supported to achieve it.
This is core business for educators, but is a far cry from the narrative told in the media largely by politicians, which speaks exclusively of parental responsibility for school attendance as being the sole factor for a history of lower educational outcomes for Aboriginal students.
Might even be worth having a go at implementing a few of the evidence based recommendations that have been consistently appearing in reports like the Bringing Them Home report, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and the Little Children are Sacred report for the last few decades, and which will continue to appear in similar reports for the foreseeable future. Considering that incarceration rates and child removal rates keep going up, it seems somewhat odd that no one in power has tried that already at any point in the past 40 years. Especially since it is applicable to health, housing, education, employment, incarceration, land rights, and self determination and is backed by research, evidence, community consultation, international examples, our human rights obligations, and common sense.