By ERWIN CHLANDA
“Deschooling” will apparently become the objective of the Aboriginal Yipirinya School, a process that, by “the rule of thumb,” takes “one month for every year a child was in school. Some kids ‘detox’ sooner, but it’s rare”.
This is quoted in a thesis by Dr Lance Alan Box (Jangala) “jikirrilypa” (pictured) who appears to have been appointed CEO and principal in a management committee coup over the holidays of the private school that gets most of its funding from the public purse.
Dr Box has declined to comment. An NT Government probe into school is about to start.
A reliable source says the previous long-time principal, Ken Langford-Smith, has now been sacked by the school board.
In August last year Dr Box submitted a thesis titled “A Proposal to Deschool, then Unschool Australian Biblical Christian Education” to the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy in Appomattox, Virginia, USA.
His proposition is this: “Given the current plight of schooling in Australia, both state schools and private schools, Biblical Christians must deschool themselves and their children, then educate their children in life for life, through an unschooling approach, with a discipleship emphasis, to ensure that the members of their covenant communities are educated in a God-honouring way, and to a level that will ensure that they can fully obey the requirements of the dominion and gospel mandates – the Great Commission of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Dr Box writes: “Unschooling does imply that there is no government compulsion, there is no set curriculum, there is no removal of children from their natural family setting, and that the students are permitted to discover and pursue their God-given gifts and passions as fully and as passionately as the family’s resources will allow.”
In the thesis Dr Box describes his connections with the NT: “I would like to acknowledge the purlka-purlka (Old Men) of Lajamanu, who taught me many things, and in the process convinced me that God the Holy Spirit, sometime in the past, visited the First Nations Peoples of Australia, and helped them to preserve in their jukurrpa the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord of all the nations.
“I particularly want to thank Wanta Jampijinpa Pawu-Kurlpurlurnu, a precious friend and the one who is growing me up in the ways of the Warlpiri people.”
Dr Box says in June, 2013, he resigned “from an education administration position” he had held since 1988: “twenty-five years of expending myself in Christian schools (most of the time for around half the pay of my “secular” peers), serving home school families (for no pay), running a private tutoring business to help children let down by their state and Christian school experience (for barely enough to survive on), labouring in state schools, and a profane private school (well paid, but harassed and bullied).
“I was exhausted, disillusioned, sad, and had a hunch that schools and schooling were the common problem across each of the sectors that I had worked in.”
PHOTOS from the website of the Christian Leadership Academy in Appomattox, Virginia, USA.
By ERWIN CHLANDA