‘Good morning, Mr Sarra’: A Book Review by blogger Will

by on Apr 30, 2013 in Books, Stronger Smarter News | 3 comments

Aboriginal Art & Culture: an American eye

Aboriginal Art & Culture: an American eye

A review of Chris Sarra’s recent book Good Morning, Mr Sarra, published on the Aboriginal Art & Culture: an American eye website by blogger Will, is full of heart and humour and well worth a read.

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

3 Comments

  1. Hi Chris,

    I am so much inspired reading you and your blogs. I am studying M. Teach Early years in Monash University. I will some day like to work with you in SSI.

    Do tell , if it is possible??
    thanks
    Ruhi

  2. Hi Chris,

    I am so much inspired reading you and your blogs. I am studying M. Teach Early years in Monash University. I will some day like to work with you in SSI.

    Do tell , if it is possible??
    thanks
    Ruhi

  3. Hello Chris,
    Very moved by your speech at the State LIbrary of Queensland on the 7th of this month, for it brought back to mind a theory I learned at Teachers’ College and by which I always tried to teach: the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. It seemed obvious to me that if you had high expectations for the kids in your class, they would meet and even exceed them. If you had low expectations, well that pretty much destroyed them. What right has anyone to have low expectations for another human being? Anyway, as a young teacher it often shocked me that some other teachers would say things like, “Oh don’t worry about him, he’s not very bright.”
    Anyway I hope you had a look at the program I left you for the Sandcliffe Writers Festival 30-31 August. It has some brilliant Indigenous writers either speaking or presenting workshops. It’s at Bracken Ridge and Sandgate and all free.
    Would love you and anyone from Stronger Smarter to come along.
    All the very best with your fine work.
    Cheryl Jorgensen

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