Systemic Racism: The Hidden Barrier to Educational Success for Indigenous School Students

Systemic Racism: The Hidden Barrier to Educational Success for Indigenous School Students Journal Article

Australian Journal of Education

  • Author(s): de Plevitz, Loretta
  • Published: 2007
  • Volume: 51

Abstract: Explanations for poor educational experiences and results for Australian Indigenous school students have, to a great extent, focused on intended or conscious acts or omissions. This paper adopts an analysis based on the legislation prohibiting indirect racial discrimination. Using the elements of the legislation and case law it argues that apparently benign and race-neutral policies and practices may unwittingly be having an adverse impact on Indigenous students' education. These practices or policies include the building blocks of learning, a Eurocentric school culture, Standard English as the language of assessment, legislation to limit schools' legal liability, and teachers' promotions.

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de Plevitz, Loretta, 2007, Systemic Racism: The Hidden Barrier to Educational Success for Indigenous School Students, Volume:51, Journal Article, viewed 09 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3057.

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