Wednesday, November 2, 2011

AUSTRALIA: MOTION FOR MORE ABORIGINAL EDUCATION

CATH NEWS REPORT: The Greens will introduce a Senate motion today calling for the national history curriculum to be revised to include more content on indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generation, reports theAustralian.

The Independent Education Union, which represents Catholic and independent school teachers, has also said it doesn't want Australian children to be given a "watered-down" history, the report adds.

Senator Rachel Siewert will make the motion after indigenous groups and private school teachers expressed concern that the new curriculum does not cover these areas adequately.

The National Sorry Day Committee has argued that former prime minister Kevin Rudd's 2008 apology to the Stolen Generations was not properly covered in the coursework, and other references to indigenous people were not well written.


"Australian children should not have to wait until Grade 10 to get a full picture of Australia's history.""References to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in primary school are scarce and clumsily written, revealing serious flaws with the new curriculum," said the committee's indigenous co-chair Helen Moran in September.

http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=28844

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