The paper “ Links between the Bush School Experience and the Indigenous Education in Australia” is a spectacular variant of a movie review on education. The history of Australian government policies and practices, and how it interacts with Aboriginal has depicted inequality of education in Australia. The effort by the Australian government to eliminate inequality and perception has failed. All Australian have, including those leaving in the remotest parts of the country deserve a right to education. This is because education will allow them to be strong in two ways.
The first thing is that education makes Aboriginal children be strong in their community culture. Secondly, the students will have sufficient skills to enable them to access equal opportunities with other children in the future. Therefore, it remains a challenge for indigenous Australian remains the most principal challenges that face the nation. This is evident in the Bush School DVD where we see a large vast of land with its population lacking basic facilities of learning (Woodward, 2003, p. 278). There are no classrooms, teachers, and books among other learning facilities for the kids to learn.
The region is accessible due to inadequate infrastructures. The DVD depicts long-standing issues within the indigenous people of Australia living in that remote area. For example, the mining town of Warrego is deserted after the mineral deposits are exhausted. The foreigners, who built infrastructures in this remote region, deserted the place, leaving the indigenous without resources. For example, kids like Grant have a passion for going to school to know how to write and use computers among other skills. However, the learning conditions are unfavorable with no learning resources (Singh & Hoy, 2003, p.
520). This exhibits how there is variation in educational infrastructures and service delivery in Australia. Therefore, the common perception that there is a gap in education between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians holds. It is clear that the government is not able to help indigenous Australians to achieve equality in education. The “ Bush School DVD” tries to address this considerable variation in standards of educational infrastructures within the nation. It also calls for the need to relentlessly adopt urgent approaches that can help in achieving the goals like Adelaide Declaration. How the Bush School Experience Help Students Physically, Emotionally, Socially and AcademicallyThe Bush school in Australia helps the students to have healthy physical development.
This is depicted in the DVD, where a group of indigenous Australian children plays basketball after school. The Australian Curriculum promotes both health and physical education under two interrelated categories: personal, social and community health category, and movement and physical category. These two categories provide a balance between the children’ s health and movement-related knowledge, skills, and understanding. Under the category of physical and health development, the first thing the Aboriginal children get from the Bush school is protection against physical danger.
Even though there are challenges in the remote areas of Australia, children get adequate nutrition and health care. When kids learn and play together, they build strong both physically and emotionally (Woodward, 2003, p. 278). In terms of social life, there is no child whose lifestyle differs from those of other children due to the geographical remoteness of the area. It is understandable that the geographical remoteness of a location plays a significant role in shaping the kids’ experiences and how they spend their time, both in school and out of school.
For example, indigenous people of Australian elders such as Mr. Collins Freddie hold firm to their traditions. They tell stories to children of the same age group during their free time. Aboriginal people believe that culture, respect, and family harmony are the fundamental elements of family life. They also believe in what they term, “ child rearing and kinship maintenance” . To the Aboriginal, culture consists of complex systems of obligations responsibilities, which bind kinship system members together through a very strong tradition.
In the Aboriginal community, respect reflects the belief that everyone within the community is worthy of respect and it is required that everyone pay respect to each other. The community premises family harmony on the principle of reciprocity, which is a mutuality of expectation (Singh & Hoy, 2003, p. 522).
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