Australia staves off move to become a nation of cretins: class curriculum revamp fails

Australia staves off move to become a nation of cretins: class curriculum revamp fails. By Rebecca Urban.

State and federal education ministers are set to oppose elements of a proposed new school curriculum that bolsters Indigenous perspectives and recommends unsubstantiated teaching methods

Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge flagged concerns over proposals for history and mathematics …

As opposition to the draft curriculum builds, one of the authors of the 2014 national curriculum review launched a scathing critique, claiming the proposals “prove conclusively that the Australian school curriculum is now totally politicised”.

University of Queensland emeritus professor Kenneth Wiltshire called for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and ­Reporting Authority, responsible for the new draft curriculum, to be abolished. “We will create a ­nation of cretins awash in a world where they have no understanding of the history of civilisation, human thought, human philosophy, values, or principles which have produced lessons to be ­acknowledged by all societies”

Students will learn about the arrival of the First Fleet “as an ­invasion”, the significance of trade to First Nations People of Australia and “the sophistication and significance of First Nations Australians’ complex societies and cultures, changing social ­organisation and political and economic systems”. In secondary school, students will no longer be taught that Australia is a secular nation with a “Christian heritage”, and will ­instead learn about a “culturally diverse, multi-faith, secular and pluralistic society with diverse communities, such as the distinct communities of First Nations Australians”. …

“We live in one of the most prosperous egalitarian societies in the world and children should develop an understanding of how this came about. If we diminish this understanding, we are less likely to protect and defend it.”

Greek and Latin history, drama and philosophy are relevant to modern Australia because they had a large effect on current thought and practices. They are important to understanding our society, how it developed and the choices made, and how the current world works.

In contrast, almost anything by pre-1788 Aboriginal Australia has no effect in today’s Australia, or anywhere else in the world. That might hurt the feelings of some who are regularly used as mascots in today’s power struggles, but we all know it’s true. Pretending otherwise does not change the facts. We’re usually too polite to mention it, but if the left insists on wrecking the Australian education system with political garbage then we feel obliged to bring it up.