"Australian Education Minister Alan Tudge says he does not want students to
leave school with “a hatred” of their country because the history curriculum
for years 7 to 10 “paints an overly negative view of Australia”. The minister
is critical of proposed changes to the Australian Curriculum. He sees teaching
about the contested nature of Anzac Day and its commemoration as a particular
Two interwoven threads run through current debates about the minister’s view.
First, public debates about the curriculum like this are arguably a sign of
democracy at work. Suggesting that some things, such as Anzac Day, are sacred
and beyond critical inquiry is not.
Second, at the heart of this discussion is how children should learn about
history and how this relates to their development as Australian citizens."
Via Cass M, who wrote:
"I find it interesting that conservatives in colonised lands are so against
citizen learning about the the treatment of Indigenous people because students
will hate their country. To me that would only happen if the government is not
seeking Truth and Reconciliation.
In Canada, neither Indigenous Reconciliation nor climate change were in the
horizon for the Conservative party. Yet under Liberals, drinking water has been
restored to many communities and action has started on the commission’s
findings. I don’t hate that we jumped from voyageur to Riel rebellion but on
finding out about the sixties scoop it’s important to address now."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics