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2.18 Noel Pearson, Radical Hope: Education and Equality in Australia (2009)

I do not know the policies of the Australian Departments of Education towards Indigenous education, but, based on the experiences of those I know, I am totally willing to accept Pearson's contention that they are incompetent, idealogically-driven, evidence-ignoring nincompoops.

I concur with his strongly worded argument that primary level education should concentrate on teaching reading and writing.

I always have mixed feelings about Pearson. Because on one hand, I find his arguments have at least some merit. But on the other hand, what company he finds himself in! Caroline Overington, Mungo MacCallum, Geoffrey Cousins, right wing nutjobs one and all.

Date: 2011-03-07 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweet-adelheid.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to quibble, Emma, I really am, but Mungo MacCallam is a left wing nutjob, not a right wing one. (And therefore, in my highly biased mind, less of a nutjob.)

Date: 2011-03-21 09:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweet-adelheid.livejournal.com
No, it turns out it's my bad.

The last time I read MacCallum it was his writing on the 2007 election. As evidenced by his article in today's papers (or maybe yesterday's), he's gone over to the right wing in some very bizarre ways.


Date: 2011-03-07 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyras.livejournal.com
Yes, I have very mixed feelings about Pearson, too. He talks about not infantilising the people he's working to support, and yet the policies (with reference to intervention; I don't know anything about the educational policies) he's in favour of seem to do just that.


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