Teaching a 'hatred' of Australia? No, minister, here’s why a democracy has critical curriculum content

Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice

Teaching a 'hatred' of Australia? No, minister, here’s why a democracy has critical curriculum content

How does the way we learn about our history relate to our development as Australian citizens? Students should learn about the historical origins of events such as Anzac Day and Australia Day, and how they can take on different meanings when viewed from various perspectives. It’s a valuable way of developing both critical thinking and understanding of people who are different from ourselves.

Having a robust and vibrant debate about the curriculum, in which people take an active interest in what is taught, is a sign of healthy democracy and one key dimension of developing active, informed citizenship.

CYPEP Director, Professor Lucas Walsh, responds to Australian education minister’s concern that the curriculum is overly negative in the way it presents Australia’s history.

Read the full article in The Conversation, published on 14 September 2021