Will begins his review by explaining he first became aware of Chris Sarra in 2006 after hearing him deliver a passionate speech in Paris. The speech motivated Will to learn about the reforms Chris had instituted at Cherbourg State School, which led him to the conclusion that Chris “was a man who walked the talk”.
Will heard Chris had published an autobiographical memoir in 2012. He expected the book might be a little dry, and posed the question to his readers ‘how many gripping books about educational reform have you ever read?’.
Nevertheless, he felt it would be a useful book to read and more specifically, a book he was ‘duty-bound’ to follow up on given recent controversies in the media about Indigenous education.
Will was pleasantly surprised.
Imagine my surprise, then when I got stuck into the first chapter of Good Morning, Mr Sarra (University of Queensland Press, 2012). This was no treatise on the plight of Indigenous children, no academic argument bristling with theory. This was fun! It was a story, alive and human, full of laughter and foibles, and serious, as they say, as a heart attack.
Will is a Librarian from South Carolina, USA.
Be sure to read his full article at aboriginalartandculture.wordpress.com