- A Core Breakfast which explores the Non-Māori roles in supporting Māori educational success. A thought-provoking workshop from Alex Hotere-Barnes.
- — Anne Robertson (@robeanne)Wed, Jun 22 2016 20:05:36
- — Anne Robertson (@robeanne)Wed, Jun 22 2016 20:10:35Māori population starting to rise but ownership, self-determination still flat. Important to engage our tamariki in schools #corebreakfast
- I wonder how much this is not just our Māori and Pasifika students but all of those from the 'non-elite' who haven't had a positive experience of the school system for whatever reason? I don't want to underplay the inherent racism and the repercussions of European settlement and it's effect on Māori culture and language but they are not the only group to feel alienated in our educational system.
- — Anne Robertson (@robeanne)Wed, Jun 22 2016 20:13:23We inherit intergenerational neglect-māori feel alienated in schls, traditionally not part of system-how to address that? #corebreakfast
- It is a huge challenge for all educators in all sectors to address the inequities and build confidence in a system that will work for all members of our community.
- — Anne Robertson (@robeanne)Wed, Jun 22 2016 20:16:46Schls inherit the cultural political debate and have 2 deal with perceptions & bigotry-challenges for schls 2 shift thinking #corebreakfast
- So we have to come at the problem from a range of perspectives...understand the history, know the culture, be empathetic but also be aware that there will be contradictions, anomalies, variations in culture and language. Being flexible, open-minded and adaptive seems to be the way forwards.
- As an immigrant with little knowledge of Māori language or culture (all I knew before we arrived here was the Haka and the fact that the European settlers had probably treated Māori badly - as was their wont when 'conquering' new lands) but also as a linguist and traveller, I think I have an open mind and definitely a propensity and willingness to learn about culture as well as a deep seated feeling that if we have a responsibility to meet people half way and find out what 'makes them tick'.
- I believe that learning the language is such a vital part of understanding culture and psyche, but I am also very conscious not to appropriate a culture as my own. It is hard to know when we overstep the boundaries and how to interact with people and not offend them. In my experience, some people love that you are having a go at speaking their language even if you mangle it totally, others don't.
- We have to take action ourselves, read, listen, learn but take action. It is not enough to wait until someone comes to tell us it is time... we have to try, reflect and try again but keep learners at the heart of what we do.
Non-Māori roles in supporting Māori educational success. A thought-provoking workshop from Alex Hotere-Barnes.