I’m all for language learning. As Barr says, it allows students to be “internationally engaged and sensitive to cultural diversity, with the skills to work in various geographic locations across the globe and across cultures”. However we already have an overcrowded curriculum, with recent calls of PE and history to be made compulsory. Schools simply don’t have enough time to teach absolutely everything.
No wonder the Australian Primary Principal’s Association has drafted a charter outlining the core business of primary schools, being English, Maths, Science and Social Studies. 90% of principals, teachers and parents agreed, which shows that Barr is out of touch with what the community feels primary education is all about.