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:
*/ “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.