Building on Reflective Practice: Becoming ‘real’ Aboriginal teachers
The remarkable comments noteworthy of the author’s contentions were the discriminations felt by the teachers against White people. Her comments made me think of the way I interact with people from other race or culture. I admit that there is a tendency to think and feel that White people are classified of superior race; and society has in fact responded to this typecast since the olden times.
One teacher’s perception of prejudice encompassed being discriminated by their own Aboriginal people as the teachers were classified as ‘not fitting’ in any world, further rendering their own respective families as ‘not normal’ . This is more difficult, especially for educators, who wanted to belong to the academic group to teach students the concept of equality, justice, freedom of expression and human rights when we, ourselves, have tendencies to bypass people from minority groups or those who come from other cultural orientation . I admit that it is disappointing to realize that by not doing anything about this, one is actually being indifferent to the challenges and difficulties that these people (Aboriginal teachers) encounter.
More profoundly revealed were the perceived inequality in terms of having no permanent contracts given to Aboriginal teachers; no allocated classroom space; stereotyping schools that encourage the participation and attendance of Aboriginal students and teachers as ‘not as strong’, ‘not as good’, or ‘not