Schools ignoring heritage
AUSTRALIA’S monarchist movement has taken a swipe at a planned national history curriculum, saying it teaches young Australians almost nothing about their heritage.
Australians for Constitutional Monarchy convenor David Flint said education was too important to be left in the hands of politically correct elites.
Mr Flint said the curriculum included little reference to the British contribution to Australia.
“If young Australians are to be taught nothing, or almost nothing, about their heritage, how will they be able to appreciate it,” he said.
A national history curriculum for kindergarten to Year 10 is expected to operate in all states and territories by 2013.
Implementation of the curriculum will begin in 2011.
Professor Flint said federal governments had a poor record when it came to education.
“Whenever a problem is identified in some part of Australia, one of the suggested solutions seems to involve a national response,” he said.
“This assumes the as-yet- unknown national response will always be the best response.
“It is facile to say the nation would be better off with a national curriculum.”