Australia: Primary school teacher sparks outrage after telling students the "Stolen Generations" were taken from their families because of poor parenting
Once again, the truth is "racist" and enough to lose you your job. In this case a confection by Leftist historians is preferred to the facts.
There is absolutely no mention below of any actual events with Aboriginal children, just mention of some past laws. There is no mention of what lay behind the laws nor is there any mention of how they were carried out. There is no mention that, as today, Aboriginal parenting is often both abusive and neglectful towards children and that children were removed from their orginal homes by probably Leftist social workers to give them safer homes with white families.
There was no stolen "generation", just occasional rescues of mistreated children on a case by case basis -- under normal social work procedures
A primary school ethics teacher has sparked outrage after telling students the Stolen Generations were taken from their families due to bad parenting.
The volunteer teacher was discussing homelessness with a year-six class at Dulwich Hill Public School, in New South Wales, when the conversation turned to the mistreatment of Australia's indigenous people.
Stolen Generations refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who were forcibly removed by the government as children from their families between the early 1900s up until the 1970s.
The volunteer, believed to be in his 70s, allegedly told the young students what they had been told was false, and the real reason the children were removed was lazy parenting.
The volunteer teacher was stood down from his position after four pupils complained. A spokeswoman for the organisation that runs the program said complaints involved stereotyping and the ethics teacher is alleged to have voiced racist opinions.
Kathryn Albany, the mother of one of the students, said she was proud of the students for arguing back.
'I'd always seen ethics as quite a good alternative to scripture,' she told the Sydney Morning Herald. 'But it's almost part of the problem because it's the same issue - these people are unregulated. Imagine if a teacher had responded like that? I would expect them to have pretty serious disciplinary action.'
Special Education in Ethics is offered as a secular alternative to special religious education.
A spokeswoman for the New South Wales Department of Education said the comments were unacceptable and the volunteer teacher has been replaced. An investigation into the incidents is ongoing.
What are the Stolen Generations:
The Stolen Generations refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who were forcibly removed by the government as children from their families between the early 1900s up until the 1970s.
The first Aboriginal Act was passed in Western Australia in 1905, and the Chief Protector became the legal guardian of every Aboriginal and 'half-caste' child under the age of 16.
Similar laws were soon passed in other states and territories, including the New South Wales Aborigines Protection Act in 1909, and in 1911 the South Australia Aborigines Act and the Northern Territory Aboriginals Ordinance.
From the time the first act was passed until 1970, between one in ten and one in three Indigenous children were removed from their families or communities.
In 1937 a Commonwealth/State 'native welfare' conference made assimilation the national policy.
'The destiny of the natives of aboriginal origin, but not of the full blood, lies in ultimate absorption ... with a view to their taking their place in the white community on an equal footing with the whites,' the policy stated.
By 1967 a referendum was held to amend the Australian constitution, establishing laws for Aboriginal people who were also included in the census for the first time.
Two years later, all states had repealed legislation allowing for the removal of Aboriginal children for 'protection'.
In 1975 parliament introduced the Racial Discrimination Act, making discrimination based on race unlawful regardless of state or territory legislation.
Eight years later the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle is established, ensuring indigenous children are placed with indigenous families when adoption is necessary.
On February 13, 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered a public apology to the Stolen Generations.