Reflections on Education in Remote Indigenous Australia

  • Michael JonesEmail author
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 20)


In September of 2006, I was kicking a football around with a 12-year-old boy; he was the son of some friends with whom I was staying. Out of nowhere, he announced – as small boys sometimes do – that when he grew up, he hoped to be a sailor in the navy. I replied that he would have to work hard at school and practise being very well behaved if he wanted to join the navy. My small friend nodded thoughtfully, passing the ball from hand to hand before he spoke: ‘Dad says I’ll have to finish high school…Do you reckon I’ll be able to finish high school?’

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Magdalen CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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