Australian Education Minister Alan Tudge has been accused of peddling “culture wars rubbish” after he said the country’s draft school curriculum offers a “negative view” of its history that impacts students’ desire to “defend it”.
The minister has waged a months-long campaign against portions of the proposed new curriculum – currently being reviewed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) – that, he claims, has “ideological misgivings”About the country.
Tudge criticised revisions of the history syllabus in a Friday speech as “downplaying” “matters core to who we are as a nation”They expressed concerns that the students might not follow their lead. “leave school with a love of country and a sense of optimism and hope”
A poll taken recently that found “40% of young Australians”A non-democratic government system was preferable. “catastrophe”Tudge claimed that the had been “not been a more important time since the 1940s”Students to learn the “origins, values and singular greatness of liberal democracy”.
“If students don’t learn this, they won’t defend it as previous generations did,”Tudge referenced the “growing”Influence “authoritarianism and communism”The “rise of an assertive China”. He may have also cited recent Taliban overthrow of Afghanistan as proof. “fundamentalist Islam remains a dominant force”In many countries.
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Minister warned previously that changes to the history curriculum could lead students to develop a hatred of it “a hatred”Australia, and said that he didn’t want to “students to be turned into activists” Tudge declared that it shouldn’t be in the April public consultations on the draft curriculum. “honor our indigenous history”The “expense of dishonoring our Western heritage, which has made us the liberal democracy that we are today.”
A number of Tudge’s state counterparts criticized his comments, with Victorian education minister James Merlino labelling it “ham-fisted culture wars rubbish”.Guardian Australia spoke to Merlino, who said that it was crucial to show students the importance of an a “variety of perspectives” about the country’s “both inspiring and incredibly challenging”Histories
Meanwhile, Queensland’s education minister Grace Grace told the outlet that it was not helpful for Tudge to “provide a personal running commentary”During the ACARA independent review, the Curriculum Committee was examining the curriculum.
Grace said she is looking forward to discussing curriculum at an education ministers meeting next month. However, Grace also stated that the final version of the curriculum had yet to be submitted to ministers. Before it can be put into practice, Tudge as well as the education ministers of each state or territory must approve it.
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Tudge was also attacked by Australian historians. “playing politics with Australian children”, warning that his campaign to make the national curriculum present the country’s history as having been “rosy and happy” was not helping give students an account of the past’s “complexity”
That is what I said “history is meant to be an accurate reflection of the past”Melanie Oppenheimer of The Australian Historical Association told The Sydney Morning Herald Tudge was president. “asking [historians] to present something that’s just not true”.
Tudge admitted that he didn’t see the current version of curriculum but said that he had been briefed and had praised certain improvements. Later, he tweeted his overall assessment of the curriculum. “gone from an F to a C, but Australian students deserve an A plus.”
The current draft has been upgraded from an F to a C. Our curriculum should raise standards and show kids how Australia became the free, equal, peaceful, and egalitarian country it is today. The current draft has improved from an F to a C.Australian kids need an A+ curriculum!https://t.co/3wZTvo3dC7
— Alan Tudge (@AlanTudgeMP) October 21, 2021
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