Nature of Mollys education within her family.
Gary Simmons claims that the policy of assimilation that removed biracial children from their families was “based on the paternalistic belief that there is little of worth to Indigenous culture
“Rabbit-Proof Fence” is the only film that highlights the question of forced assimilation. It features three Aboriginal children who run away from a state-managed school and walk for over one thousand miles back to their parents along a fence that was initially set to deter rabbits from the farmland. It revokes classic memories of long treks made when returning home. In this film, home the home is not as decent as it would have been worth for someone to travel that long. It is a hut made of twigs. The people living their hunt for lizards for their breakfast. Molly is the oldest of the three children in their family.
Molly had just joined her mother after having spent many months with a foster family. She was in love with the foster family, even better than other families where she had been before. However, she was so worried since she was not sure how long she and her mother will be staying in their new apartment. They have been evicted out of such kind of houses previously. He sister was left at the foster family care. Molly is seated in a quiet corner on a carpet in the library, and she told her story in an interview about her reading and writing in a third-grade classroom. This conversation was just one of the many ways through which Molly expressed the sentiments of her education with her family.
Although there is a hopeful nature painted on Molly’s life and education, her family is not stable, and she is on bleak of dropping out of school. The Federation for community planning, intergenerational poverty, and alienation from public schools have not been helpful especially to most of the low-income families where Molly comes from.
Molly is only fourteen years old, but she can trace a direction through the wilderness. She traverses the desert to find her family. Desert has been her friend from time immemorial, it gave her shelter, food and sustained her. The skills of bushed craft and survival tactics from someone who knew them. Her stepfather, who was a former nomad from the desert had taught her. She had memorized all the directions they once traveled. She says that it was the north when riding from Perth to Mogumber siding, and the west settlement. She had also memorized the sun when it appeared behind the clouds of rain at many intervals during their tour on their first day. This made her know that she was in the right direction. This is a clear indication that even though Molly’s family was poor, she had learned something from it. She was bright, and if taken to urban schools she could perform.
Molly is passing through difficult situations with her family. There are wrought social inequities. The rich urban kids bring some discrimination in the classroom, and it undermines her ability to focus on school literary practices. There are challenging cases of students such as parents being in prison, being placed in foster families, there is community violence which is taken up by policymakers from middle-class, professionals and educators in the development programs and the larger community in ways which encourage deficit of perspectives. The interpretations of life experiences are used to reinforce the assumptions of deficiency in the families that live in poverty, the hard stories that most of the students bring to class undermine the attempts to make most of the experiences of the students including Molly to matter in any positive way. There it is essential to acknowledge all of the experiences that students bring to school and create a literary perception that is in support of them in the midst of the realities which need to be conceptualized especially on their meaning to urban students’ school literacy experiences.
Although Molly is full of determination and ambitions, first and foremost she is dedicated to her family. We see how before her mother died, Molly leaves her desire to pursue her favorite career and an opportunity for her to further education to stay with their family at home and help them. This shows the stud bonds of family and shows how she is humble and selfless. Nevertheless, Molly does not at any time lose her motivation of going for her aspiration of being a nurse.
Molly is taught so many competencies and values. From the “Rabbit-Proof Fence” by Gray Simmon’s, we can see that they are committed to progressive values even if they are facing a lot of difficulties. The children are taught the right skills such as how to clean the houses of their masters and to take care of their children. These skills are meant to help them later in life when they are forcefully assimilated in rich families. Molly and her sisters have been practicing these skills in their foster families. They are also taught to be respectful as seen when Molly is mocked by the rich kids in the urban schools but she doesn’t retaliate and also she shows respect to her teacher, Sharon.