Investing in Australian youth: a community organisation that makes a difference.

Dowden, Tony and Drager, Mark (2016) Investing in Australian youth: a community organisation that makes a difference. Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, 16 (1). pp. 22-25. ISSN 1445-2928



Society has long recognised that successfully raising the next generation takes more than parental commitment alone. An African proverb, the source unknown, says it takes ‘a whole village to raise a child’. The Jesuit maxim of ‘give me a child of seven and I’ll show you the man’, attributed to Saint Francis Xavier in the 16th century, suggests it has been long understood that formal education shapes children and young people.

One of the triumphs of Australian education is that we have grasped the importance of high quality early childhood education and have taken serious steps towards providing universal access to education in the early years and
ensuring all early childhood teachers receive specialised training. In contrast, the report card on how
we educate young adolescents (10-15 years old) is a mixed bag.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2016 Middle Years of Schooling Association Inc. Article can be found online at:
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 01:05
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 05:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescents; education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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