Teaching Australian History in Schools

Glimmertwins 11 October 2007 90

News.com.au is reporting that students should not be forced to learn Prime Minister John Howard’s version of Australian history according to the the NSW and ACT governments.

Mr Howard will launch the federal government’s guide to Australian history at Moorebank High School in Sydney’s west today, which will make it mandatory for all year 9 and 10 students to study the subject.

Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop said the compulsory teaching of Australian history would be a condition of the federal-state schools 2009-2012 funding agreement.

“The states have already said, and they said it at the time of the Australian history summit, that they agreed with the Commonwealth Government’s position, they agreed with the Howard Government that the teaching of Australian history should be compulsory in Years nine and 10, and taught in a sequential way throughout primary school and secondary school,” she said.

But NSW and the ACT governments have accused the Federal Government of bullying and political interference.

ACT Education Minister Andrew Barr said the Federal Government’s move was similar to its threat to impose the HSC on the ACT.

He said history was already taught in ACT schools.

“It is this same old bullying approach, where if you don’t do exactly what we want, well, we will cut your funding,” he said on ABC radio.

“What we are effectively being asked to adopt here is … John Howard’s version of Australian history.

“To suggest that, as the Prime Minister has, that if the states and territories do not adopt the Prime Minister’s guide to the teaching of Australian history that funding will be cut … that’s a significant level of political interference into what’s being taught in our schools.”

NSW Education Minister John Della Bosca said Australian history had already been compulsory for all year nine and 10 students in the state since 1999.

“John Howard is at least eight years behind the times,” Mr Della Bosca said today.

“John Howard has lost any ability to work co-operatively.

“He makes these tired threats to cut funding, but he’s essentially copying the rigorous NSW curriculum and trying to impose it across the country.”

[Ed. I noticed that CT had a bit of coverage on this issue today as well. Its been a while since i did history but i seem to vaguely recall learning something about australian history during it.]

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Senator Gaz Senator Gaz 12:34 pm 16 Oct 07

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 5:09 pm 12 Oct 07

Lets just invade NZ. We’re running short of patriots, apparently.

astrojax astrojax 4:53 pm 12 Oct 07

the main game is surely afl – the cats won the flag this year and THAT constitutes australianism better’n everything else, innit??

and australia does need a new flag – i rekkun a big pink one with noice yellow spots at each corner. never mistake us again…

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:35 pm 12 Oct 07

Oh okay. Thanks thumper. That’s how you got your degree.
Now…was that a social issue?

And yes boomacat, I agree, very much so.

Ralph Ralph 3:31 pm 12 Oct 07

Read through again, never anywhere did I say “If you don’t love it, leave”.

You’re getting all confused with what Deadman is saying.

boomacat boomacat 3:24 pm 12 Oct 07

Nice, “if you don’t love it leave” comment Ralph, also know as “if you don’t agree with Ralph, you don’t love your country”.

A true patriot has the courage to dissent no matter how unpopular that may be. And if you think supporting the war in Iraq is in Australia’s interests, think again. The vast majority of Australians oppose Australia’s participation in that war.

I don’t like the flag. I think it is outdated. I do not want to represent my nation using the British colony standard (which looks just like all those other empire flags, NZ etc).

I would rather a flag that represents Australia now and what we hope for in the future.

Thumper Thumper 3:23 pm 12 Oct 07

“And I kind of think Gough might have brought them home”


He abolished national service. Australian troops were withdrawn before he held office as the PM

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:20 pm 12 Oct 07

I’ll be at the CIT teachers homes pretty damn soon, don’t you worry, mate.

Ralph Ralph 3:16 pm 12 Oct 07

Loony alert.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 3:08 pm 12 Oct 07

What? Were Maolin and Stalin kicking out the rascist pricks? When?
And I kind of think Gough might have brought them home. It was an election promise, wasn’t it?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:58 pm 12 Oct 07

DMD, what planet are you on? You sound like you care for the people in the same fashion Stalin and Mao did!

Anyway, one piece of history I’d like to see taught in schools is “Gough did NOT bring the troops home from Vietnam”.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 2:53 pm 12 Oct 07

Well, they won’t be Australian when I’m done with them. If there’s so much trouble living together as one, we might have to send someone back. Why not the instigators? i.e. the scumbags like you.
Everyone else will live in peace.

Ralph Ralph 2:49 pm 12 Oct 07

racist ministers and your average, flag-bearin’, vb-totin’ redneck anglo ‘aussie’ scumbag – whom I swear, I will personally ship back to europe if they don’t shut their shit-stained mouths.

Spake the caring Australian.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 2:39 pm 12 Oct 07

Yeah, I’m not exactly killing my fellow aussies am I? That wouldn’t be caring about them.
Again, I’m sorry for derailing the debate. I’d honestly like to know what goes into teaching history with very little social issues.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:29 pm 12 Oct 07

““Keep your eyes on the main game.”

The main game – AFL, NRL or ARU?

Womans Beach Volleyball?”

Well, who can argue with that! 😉

And by the way, Timothy McVeigh thought he was a patriot – and just look what that idiot did!

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 2:21 pm 12 Oct 07

“Patriots support their country through conflict with others, and defend their country’s interests”

That sounds a little empirical don’t you think? And you’re wrong. Patriots defend their country when the survival of their people is at stake, soldiers non-withstanding – and that’s only a small bit of it.
Anyway, I’ve driven this topic of the road and crashed into an idiot. Sorry.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 2:12 pm 12 Oct 07

Ahhh … patriotism – the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Now as far as those who died fighting under our flag, I sure hope that you don’t mean our AIF soldiers who perished at Gallipoli or in the trenches of France given that these men died under the Union Jack … but hey that’d just be another bit of meaningless history wouldn’t it.

p1 p1 1:52 pm 12 Oct 07


I would love to have a well structured, well argued post to back up those I agree with, dispute those I disagree with, and clearly state my own opinion.

However, after reading the jumble above, and having a chuckle or two (as well as the odd outraged curse), there is only one post I think worth commenting on,

“Keep your eyes on the main game.”

The main game – AFL, NRL or ARU?

Womans Beach Volleyball?

Absent Diane Absent Diane 1:52 pm 12 Oct 07

patriotism is more dangerous than religion. and is also really really fcking boring.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 hingo_VRCalaisV6 1:42 pm 12 Oct 07

I was just about to say that Snahons. Maybe its not obvious enough for her.

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