Impact Of Social Darwinism On Aboriginal Education

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Social Darwinism had a major impact on the indigenous Australian education. Largely based on Social Darwinism ideology, the history of Indigenous education in Australia has been one of discrimination and deemed the Aboriginal people as ‘at the lowest stage of human mental development’. For example, education of children revolved around political and public opinion that indigenous children were worthless to the new founded economy and community. Since colonisation, Aboriginal children experienced an education that reinforced the idea that Aboriginal beliefs and values were inferior to Western values. While it is now recognised that children come to school with a predetermined set of beliefs, experiences and values based on their culture. And

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