Education is suspect among traditionally oriented Aboriginal people because it has been used by the dominant Anglo-Australian population as a means for forced acculturation. Having had little control over schools in their communities, most Aboriginal people have failed to give them their enthusiastic support. Aboriginal leaders recognize, however,that Aboriginals need to develop literacy and cognitive skills to protect their culture from outside domination, and are now pushing for control of their schools. The Strelley School marks a progressive and successful Aboriginal effort to administer education on their own terms.

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