Aboriginal literacy and its enemies

 

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

On behalf of the quadroon and half-caste children of Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia, I beg to state that it is months and months since those children were at school and it is a shame to see them going about without education. At Batemans Bay there is a Public School, and why are those not allowed to attend when the School is public.* Another thing Your Majesty we have compulsory education, why they are not compelled to attend school? The Quadroon and Half-caste people of Batemans Bay have been writing to different places, namely the Minister of Education, the Child Welfare Department, the Aboriginal People Protection Board, and also our members of Parliament, but cannot get fair play … It is unfair and I hope you will see that fair play be given… Trusting you are well.”

 Miss J. Dunn, an Aboriginal, who seems to had been a rather well educated woman, sent this letter to His Majesty King George V in June 1926. King George V has been in happy hunting grounds for almost 80 years now (d.o.d.1936) and as far as the Aboriginal education is concerned, very little had changed, though in this particular instance Miss Dunn was ultimately, a few months later, successful.

 Rosemary Neil White Out – How Politics is Killing Black Australia (2002): p 34-35 “In the Northern Territory, indigenous schooling has been little short of disaster. A Legislative Assembly public accounts committee report released in 1996 found the no student from a remote Aboriginal primary school had ever matriculated. Three years later, former Labor MP Bob Collins headed the most exhaustive consultation with Northern Territory indigenous schools ever attempted. It uncovered appalling levels of illiteracy and non-attendance among indigenous school students. For example, in 1998, just 6 percent of Year 3 indigenous students from non-urban Territory schools attained national reading benchmarks, compared to 82 percent of non-indigenous students at urban schools. A complex matrix of reasons – including government neglect, socially dysfunctional communities, under-trained teachers and a dogmatic idea of how bilingual programs should be taught – underlay this catastrophe.

 Perhaps we ought to get something out of the way. With the decline of educational standards in the Western world there is increasing tendency on the part of concerned parents to insulate their children from the toxicity of the politically correct ‘education’ and to turn to private schools and home schooling. This is a dilemma of long standing and is still a burning issue. I may return to that subject at later stage, so in the interim – Thomas Jefferson: “It is better to tolerate the rare instance of a parent refusing to let his child be educated, than to shock the common feelings and ideas by the forcible transportation and education of the infant against the will of the father.”

 Just that in the today’s society run by the twisted feminist sisters fathers are no more.

 It used to be that parents (of any skin colour) of truants were fined, and in persistent cases deprived of citizen’s rights – including the right to vote. In 2014 nobody is suggesting anything so drastic; and even a possibility of a slap on the wrist and a suspension of a part of welfare payments elicits the Left’s vociferous negative response. Let’s hypothesise – if under the old rules, how many Aborigines would be able to vote? The Australian Labor Party would suffer. The manipulation of the electoral process in Aboriginal communities by the Left is legendary.

 It is likely that by not sending children to be educated the Aborigines thus resist the leftist propaganda in the schools from leftist teachers? I do not know. The Left claims that the tolerance and encouragement of truancy is the expression of resistance to the oppressive white culture; something to be praised. That reminds me of the erstwhile ruler of Turkmenistan, comrade Saparmurat Atayevich Niazov – Turkmenbashi who once said, ‘We don’t want them to be able to read”.: “He stopped education at the ninth grade for most people,” a bureaucrat said to me. “He was once asked about that by a foreign head of state. He said, ‘Uneducated people are easier to govern.” Paul Theroux – Ghost Train to the Eastern Star p.124

 White Out p.246: “In 1992 a report by the Federal Government Schools Council found that Aboriginal students in some remote communities were absent from school for up to six months of the year, and in some places as few as one in five students attended school regularly. In Queensland, the State with the highest number of indigenous school students, official figures showed that in the late 1990s about 80 per cent of the indigenous population aged between five and eighteen were enrolled at school. But the enrolment figure disguised the real story. A 1996 report by the Queensland Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Overview Committee found that on any one day, attendance by indigenous students could be as low as one-third of enrolled numbers.

 …Attendance at indigenous schools in the Territory was found to be so vaguely defined in official terms, few could say what it meant. As the report put it: ‘In the Northern Territory, it is difficult to know what actually counts as attendance with the notion that cultural activities are themselves legitimate educational events’. Collins told one reporter that watching football matches was sometimes included as a ‘legitimate’ absence.”

 There are too many examples of similar malice and bloody-mindedness of the so called “progressive’” Left. Coupled with crocodile tears over the ‘unfair’ rates of incarcerations which would ultimately mean more illiterate criminals at large, they do horrible disservice to the Aborigines and their culture. One example of inane apologia from Creative Spirits:

 Many Aboriginal students struggle to do their homework in a quiet environment. Many Aboriginal families live in overcrowded houses basically not suitable for homework.

 Think: When we talk about ‘literacy’ we assume we mean literacy of the written word. Bear in mind though that many Aboriginal people were, and are, masters of oral literacy.

 wikipedia: Literacy is the ability to read and write. The inability to do so is called illiteracy or analphabetism. … The primary sense of literacy still represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from a critical interpretation of the written or printed text. Key to all literacy is reading development, a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text.

 They are getting creative indeed in fabricating excuses, excuses not so much for Aborigines, but for their own ineptitude. And so:

 According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics nearly half of Australia’s population lacks minimum literacy skills.

 Literacy rates among Aboriginal students are lowest in remote communities. Across Australia in 2004, 83% of Aboriginal students and 93% of students overall achieved the literacy benchmark for year 3. But in the Northern Territory, only 20% of Aboriginal students achieved the benchmark.

 Test score gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal are narrowest in the early years. A study of preschoolers found that the gap was about one year, i.e. an Aboriginal 5-year-old performed at the same level as a non-Aboriginal 4-year-old.

 By the time children are in late primary and early secondary school this gap has widened to about 2 years. Less than 30% of children tested for literacy in Years 3, 5 and 7 were able to read or write properly leaving them with numeracy and literacy skills of five-year olds when they leave school. The National Report on Schooling in Australia 2005 also found falling literacy rates the longer children stay in school. The number of children who met the Australian reading benchmarks dropped from 78% in Year 3 to 63.8% in Year 7, for numeracy numbers fell from 80.4% in Year 3 to 48.8% in Year 7. The fact that the gap widens over time suggests that improving school quality for Aboriginal people can help close the gap.”

 re that last sentence: I am not certain how that can possibly follow.

 Low literacy prevents Aboriginal students from entering higher education and universitiesOne reason for these low levels is that the students’ parents often left the school system without basic literacy and numeracy skills, providing the children with a low-literate home environment. Consequently parents cannot support their children’s learning, and the cycle of illiteracy continues.”

 This is a dishonest attempt, typical of the Left, to shift the blame to the past, to the previous governments and previous educators. However:

 …most damning evidence came from the indigenous Kardu Numida Council (Wadeye). In 1998, it gave the following estimate of its constituents’ literacy and numeracy skills -

40 -60-years-olds: good literacy, fair numeracy skills;

 25 -40-years-olds: poor literacy, poor numeracy;

 under 25: nil literacy, nil numeracy.” / from Learning Lessons via White Out

 This is not too surprising. Those twenty-five years old were born in 1973; the Whitlam’s Labor government was elected in 1972. Before it was constitutionally dismissed in 1975 it managed to mess up a lot. One often finds the long hand of Whitlam behind the Labor reforms, deliberately white-anting democracy, family and reason. Aborigines did not escape his moribund touch. In 1973 he introduced bilingual education in the Northern Territory, thus covertly excluding the white pupils. Aboriginal children were to be taught in English and tribal languages. These comprise no less than twenty-seven main language families and isolates. The lack of bilingual teachers for this socialist dreamtime nonsense escaped the notice of the government’s educational experts.

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 Traumas from the history of Stolen Generationsleft some parents deeply suspicious of western institutions, including schools, and they simply refuse to enrol their children.”

 Many years ago Australian journalist Andrew Bolt challenged the purveyors of the Stolen Generation myth to produce ten, out of alleged thousands, Aborigines removed from their families because of their race. He is still waiting for a single one. The Stolen Generation fables reinforce the sense of victim-hood and undeserved entitlement. As the Aborigines well know that it is all just a humbug, the Left fabricated falsehood damages their self-esteem, exactly as intended. Back to Creative Spirits:

 Low literacy rates do not stem from Aboriginal people being unable to learn. The opposite is the case, as the following memory from Professor and Nyoongar Elder Joan Winch tells us:

 One advantage for Aboriginal people is that we didn’t have a written language so many of us didn’t learn to read and write, but we all have wonderful memories and that allowed me to sit in class, not do any homework, and still come out at the top of the class. People hated me for that…”

  joan.winchThe opposite is the case? So low literacy rates stem from Aboriginal people being able to learn? And memory tells us? Seems that there is a literacy problem. Still, it would appear that Professor Winch (her picture at left) was not disadvantaged by any ‘overcrowded houses basically not suitable for homework’.

  In addition to many obvious disadvantages of illiteracy, fostered by the Left’s policies, one less obvious. According to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, only two people of the 99 deaths investigated had completed secondary school. It seems that the socialist mafia has Aboriginal blood on its hands.

 Let us hope, for the Aborigines’ and Australia’s sake, that the Abbott’s government will muster the courage to finally do something.

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*/ “The law, known as ‘exclusion on demand’, was introduced in the 1880s, soon after school became compulsory for all children. It meant that attendance of Aboriginal children at government schools ultimately depended on local white attitudes. The official reason given for the ‘exclusion on demand’ policy was thee white parents’ fears of impoverished Aboriginal children spreading infectious diseases. But the supposed need to protect their children’s health also camouflaged their prejudices about the threat of ‘moral contamination’ by black children. For example, in 1938 there was an attempt to ban Aboriginal children from Brewarrina public school on the grounds that they posed a health threat to white students. But a medical inspector found that the white parents objected to their boys associating with older Aboriginal girls.” / R. Neal White Out p.242

I have no direct knowledge of the Aboriginal girls’ morals but I had been on many occasions near school age Aborigines and many of them smelled of urine, vomit and excrement. My medical friend who had recently returned from a stint in the western Kimberley region of West Australia confirmed to me what is only coyly mentioned in medical literature – health disaster.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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6 Responses to Aboriginal literacy and its enemies

  1. Clementine says:

    Those do-gooders are dangerous.

  2. Sin Wong says:

    One has to feel sorry for those Aborigines. They are used as pawns in the global power game.

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  4. Ralph Sawer says:

    It is so obvious when you explain it.

  5. Butz says:

    I don’t have a misplaced sense of white guilt, but thanks for your psychoanalysis. You are right tho’, Aboriginals, or for that matter any race, should be answerable for their own child abuse, domestic violence and murders – NZs own statistics are appalling in these areas too. Did you read the whole article? Rapes of the Aboriginal chidren are by both black and white men.Where NZ governments have, eventually and to some extent, addressed some concerns of the Maori population, the Australian governments continue to refuse to acknowledge that the colonisation of Australia has had any detrimental affect on the native peoples of that country, let alone do anything to improve the situation. NS

  6. シャ says:

    Too big money in that Abo racket, which means no solution anytime soon.

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