Essay on The Wake Of Kevin Rudd 's Apology

1691 Words Mar 14th, 2015 null Page
In the wake of Kevin Rudd’s Apology in 2008, the Australian Indigenous educational landscape has remained in a state of upheaval, with countless initiatives, strategies, and cross-curricular priorities aimed at closing the gap in educational outcomes apparent between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. One of the major by-products of this tumultuous climate was the resurrection of the theoretical framework introduced by Ladson-Billings (2000), who links the concepts of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Whiteness to education. She describes CRT as being a critique of the modern-day social order, arguing that the ‘social reality’ of minorities construed by the presiding white majority is both misinformed and inherently racist, which is reflected in the disadvantage Indigenous students experience in the classroom. Whiteness refers to the attitudes, social norms and discourses of those who identify as white, which are placed on a pedestal as a part of this unjust society. In the following essay, I shall investigate the applicability of these frameworks to classroom teachers in Australia, engaging with a wide range of topics in this field such as colour-blindness, cultural capital, and the cultural interface. From these, I will demonstrate that a critical understanding of Whiteness provides teachers not only with a heightened awareness of the complex political relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives in Australia, but also with the professional insight…

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