Fixing student attendance without cutting welfare payments; a much cheaper, more effective way

10 Responses

  1. Keep up the great work Chris, one day the policy makers will recognise that you do have some answers to their crude and often failed policies!

  2. Thanks so much for your words of wisdom. It is so fundamentally important for all people in relationships eg student peers families teachers and communities to take ownership of their shared behaviour and individual attitudes to effect positive change. You are an inspiration!!
    Thank you

  3. Hi Chris – so many nuggets of truth well told in here. I guess its easier to sit back and spend money on programs then to form relationships, hence much of the policy history in this area. But thanks for putting to video so many practical ideas – please come share them at Learning@hand next April 29-30! 🙂

  4. Well done, Chris. It takes a lot of courage to stand out against the tide of neo-liberal orthodoxy. And some have made their fortunes by swimming with that same tide. Quarantining welfare payment is straight out of the neo-liberal manual. But if we look at the world objectively then we can see that neo-liberal tactics and strategies are disastrous. They are designed to benefit the 1% not the 99%.


    Gary MacLennan

  5. If we put our children at the centre of everything we do then our thinking will change. consider the lens of what each action will have on the students in your school then work on the high impact strategies. Thanks again for your encouragement Chris
    Geoff Perry

  6. A great message – hope the policy makers listen. Our families and children dont need a big stick approach.

  7. Chris, great communication on this draconian measure and lets remember there are lots of Koori kids who go to school regularly but are still not getting the results. Are we going to start issuing fines or withholding salaries of teachers and principals because they are not meeting our rights to an inclusive and successful education under Human Rights! Good to see some really positive options also. Well done mate!

    John Lester

  8. Great Chris…So positive, practical, grouded in reality type approach. With any of the approaches you have suggested or combinations of these approaches teachers principals and school communities have to be prepared to be consistent. Be consistent and prepared for the long haul not a quick fix! Embed the changes into the school and community. Make sure there is good succession planning so the “changes” are part of the whole school fabric. Not ..oh we tried that for a term …it didn’t work! As an example, good strong sound community relationships can not be made in a term. It takes time and committment from both parties using a “Two Way ” approach.

    Jo Allan

  9. The government needs to understand that a quick fix approach does not work. There are so many people out in the realms of education that are trying hard to work with parents within the community to get children into schools and to keep them engaged. I am talking about teachers, Indigenous and non-Indigenous; CEC’s, Teacher Aides and the Administration staff in schools. Simply engaging in ‘punitive’ measures once again fails to address the realities that some communities face. Will this policy apply to all parents – Indigenous and non-Indigenous??? if it is to go ahead. Come on out of the dark ages and try to work with the communities; the Elders; the parents and the children. Make learning experiences engaging and real for students and they will come. Well said Chris!!

  10. From little things big things grow. These small contributions to a great relationship will make huge differences to the learning outcomes of our Indigenous students. The bigger picture could promote less poverty, better housing outcomes, higher levels of attrition and lower mortality rates how fantastic would this be! Wendy-5/5/12

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