Punishing truancy is not the answer in Indigenous communities

Petray, Theresa (2013) Punishing truancy is not the answer in Indigenous communities. The Conversation, 17 December 2013.

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[Extract] Indigenous education has been prioritised by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the states at the recent COAG meeting. The focus is on truancy, with a school attendance target of 90-100%. "Punitive" measures have been suggested, including truancy officers and extending income management.

But punitive measures are unlikely to affect Indigenous education outcomes in any meaningful way because they don’t address the roots of the problem. More importantly, punitive measures are another attempt to remove the agency of Aboriginal people.

Item ID: 30621
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2014 05:17
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
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