The former South African president died today at age 95. Remember him through his uplifting and revolutionary words.
I ran into this framed illustration at secondary school while attending a training. This kind of illustration, a rainbow-colored, cartoon collage, is ubiquitous in Hong Kong “local” schools. Likewise, the theme of Hong Kong as a “shopping paradise” pervades textbooks and curriculum. What’s difficult to find is teachers who help students question this narrative. Students are taught the language of consumption, but not the language to carry out a critique of consumption. They are domesticated into “blindly swiping their credit cards” and remain blind to the true costs of production and consumption.
Australia’s history of racism towards Aboriginals is absolutely disgusting.
Until the mid-60s, indigenous Australians came under the Flora And Fauna Act, which classified them as animals, not human beings. This also meant that killing an indigenous Australian meant you weren’t killing a human being, but an animal.
To this day, Australia breaks every code of the Geneva Convention when it comes to indigenous Australians and their human rights. The “public housing” that the government has given them are one-bedroom shacks with no running water, no electricity and no gas, that entire families are forced to live in. These shacks are in communities in the outback, as far away from “civilised” society as possible. Out of sight, out of mind.
Indigenous Australians that live in the city are commonly forced to live in very dangerous and derelict areas that the government gives very little funding towards. Redfern in Sydney is a highly indigenous Australian populated suburb that is rife with crime, unemployment and horrendous living conditions. The government does next to nothing to help these people, either.
Whenever riots have broken out as a result of incredibly low morale, the police and the government are very quick to point all the blame at the indigenous Australians and say that they are the cause of their own problems, rather than looking at what the actual cause is.
Unemployment rates amongst indigenous Australians is astronomical. Crime rates are astronomical. Suicide rates are extremely high within the indigenous Australian community. Death from inadequate living conditions and inadequate health care is common. Brutality towards indigenous Australians is common.
The way many indigenous Australians are forced to live is equivalent to that of what one would expect from a third-world country. Indigenous Australians are considered by the UN to be one of the most horrendously marginalised groups in the world.
And how does the government amend all of this? With a national “Sorry Day”, where white people plant a hand in some designated area of soil as a token of their white guilt, and then continue going about their white privileged day.
On top of that, white people here commonly bitch and complain about how “good” indigenous Australians have it and how “thankful” they ought to be to the white man for improving their quality of life. Meanwhile, indigenous Australians have lost almost all sense of identity and culture because of white colonisation.
What is left of Aboriginal identity and culture has been nearly completely destroyed. And most people in this disgustingly privileged country do not give a single god damn fuck.
Australia is a disgusting country when it comes to racism. I am disgusted by my own country.
Ironically, I am considering becoming a service provider, as it might allow me more room to create the kinds of educational experiences my students deserve.
There are nine simple steps on this visual guide to figuring out how to use scaffolding for deeper understanding of, well, everything.
Respect to all Australian Indigenous peoples on this Invasion Day.
Check this awesome interactive map of Indigenous languages
For the uninitiated, this is a map of the estimated tribal roaming boundaries, or ‘countries’, of the incredible multitude of Aboriginal cultures existing in Australia before invasion.
Making my own school is still in the future somewhere, but moving into my own educational venture is getting closer to becoming a reality.
These books are mostly written by teachers for teachers. They range form the latest research on students, teachers talking about overcoming inequality to help students learn, and great techniques e…
"Other People’s Children" by Lisa Delpit is one I read early in career that still resonates, and "Bad Boys" I read when doing my master’s degree. That book by Ann Ferguson is also still relevant today as I watch boys who come from heritages of scholarship, strength, and honor be turned into "naughty boys" by school.