....racial and cultural inequity in educational systems.
This book examines the struggle against racial and cultural inequity in educational systems, presenting the case study of a New Zealand school and its community s determination to resist alienating environments.
If we look at an untouched colouring book, for instance, we think of the pages as blank. But they’re not actually blank, each page is uniformly white, with lines established to dictate where colour is allowed to go. Children by this are taught about the place of colour and the importance of staying within pre-determined boundaries and expectations, reinforcing a system where the white background is considered the norm.
To challenge such whitestreaming, this book offers the example of a community that defied and rejected this environment in favour of a culturally-located, bilingual learning model of education based on secure cultural identity, stable positive relationships, and aroha (authentic caring and love).