It’s a good question

Many moons ago, but in an influential piece of writing, R Bishop and T Glynn write:

Whose interests and agendas is the education system established to promote? In New Zealand Maori people have been denied participation in the decision-making systems that defined the purpose of and established the education system. What is now termed the ‘mainstream system’ was created by way of the dominant group’s suppression of alternatives. Many Maori learners fail to learn in mainstream educational settings. This is a structural problem which will be addressed when initiation issues are addressed in such a way as to incorporate the cultural aspirations of all participants.” (pp.55-56)

Ref: (emphases in blue bold mine) R Bishop and T Glynn (1999) Culture Counts: Changing Power Relations in Education. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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