ERIC Number: ED449930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
National Statement of Principles and Standards for More Culturally Inclusive Schooling in the 21st Century.
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, Carlton South (Australia).
At a March 2000 meeting, Australia's state, territory, and commonwealth ministers of education committed to a set of principles and standards for more culturally inclusive schooling in the 21st century. Building on a range of policy statements developed over the last decade, these principles and standards are described in terms of social justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to quality schooling, services, and equitable and appropriate educational outcomes, and the rights and responsibilities of parents as the first educators of their children. The principles address a variety of mechanisms, including providing a supportive educational climate; establishing effective teacher-student relationships; enrolling all compulsory-aged Indigenous children in school; expecting all Indigenous children to be fluent in English while being inclusive of their home language; increasing Indigenous staff members and community involvement; providing curricula that are free from bias, affirm cultural identity, and acknowledge the value of Indigenous cultures; supporting parents; and improving access to government services. The standards aim to provide facilities and services that are accessible; are of equal quality to those provided to non-Indigenous children; enable completion of secondary education; provide services to Indigenous students with disabilities, especially hearing impairments; provide teachers that are qualified and trained in cross-cultural pedagogy; include Indigenous representation in decision making; provide culturally inclusive education in juvenile justice programs; enable Indigenous children to achieve literacy and numeracy; and ensure attendance by Indigenous students. (TD)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Access to Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Disabilities, Educational Attainment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Equal Education, Foreign Countries, National Standards, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, School Community Relationship
Full text at Web site: http://www.curriculum.edu.au/mceetya/public/public.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, Carlton South (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia