Racism, cultural taxation and the role of an Indigenous teacher in rural schools

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Hogarth, Melitta. 2019. "Racism, cultural taxation and the role of an Indigenous teacher in rural schools." Australian and International Journal of Rural Education. 29 (1), pp. 45-57. https://doi.org/10.47381/aijre.v29i1.194
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Racism, cultural taxation and the role of an Indigenous teacher in rural schools

ERA Journal ID20132
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorHogarth, Melitta
Journal TitleAustralian and International Journal of Rural Education
Journal Citation29 (1), pp. 45-57
Number of Pages13
Year2019
PublisherSociety for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA)
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1036-0026
1839-7387
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.47381/aijre.v29i1.194
Web Address (URL)https://journal.spera.asn.au/index.php/AIJRE/article/view/194
Abstract

The underrepresentation of Indigenous teachers within Australian schools was made evident in the most recent More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative (MATSITI) project (Johnson, Cherednichenko, & Rose, 2016). The shortfall of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers had been initially identified back in 1975 with the Schools Commission Report (Schools
Commission, 1975). The challenge was set by Hughes and Willmot in 1982 to have 1000 trained Indigenous teachers by 1990 within the schooling sector (Hughes & Willmot, 1982). The lack of representation of Indigenous teachers is just one part of the story. In this paper, I share my lived experiences as an Aboriginal classroom teacher in rural schools throughout Queensland. Using a storying approach (Bessarab & Ng'andu, 2010; Blair, 2015; Ober, 2017; Phillips & Bunda, 2018; Qwul'sih'yah'maht & Thomas, 2005), I give insight to the realities of the Indigenous classroom teacher in rural schools. In turn, I address some of the inherent institutionalised racism apparent, the assumptions held by others, and the consequential demands placed on the Indigenous teacher. The stories shared are my own and do not insinuate that all other Indigenous teachers have had the same experience. However, by sharing my story, the purpose of this paper is to open dialogue about the role of Indigenous teachers in rural schools and to make schools aware of how they position these rare commodities they have on staff.

KeywordsIndigenous education, teaching, racism, Indigenous lived experience
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450299. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsCollege for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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