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Pyne's political curriculum review to take schools back to the past

Media Release
Penny Wright 12 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have warned a simplistic 'back to basics' approach to the school curriculum could leave Australian students without the necessary skills to navigate the 21st century.

Responding to the release of the curriculum review today, Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright rejected Education Minister Christopher Pyne's claims it was not an ideological document.

"This review has told the Education Minster exactly what he wanted to hear, from hand-picked reviewers whose values were well-known to him," Senator Wright said.

"The Education Minister is using the problem of a crowded curriculum as an excuse to get rid of things he has ideological disagreements with.

"The Australian Greens are also troubled by recommendations to sideline Australia's indigenous heritage and culture. Mr Donnelly is clearly on the record against what he called a 'black armband view of history' and now his review seems to be suggesting we can we can just put Aboriginal culture and history in a box, bring it out once a year, and forget about it the rest of the time.

"This review was biased from the start. Kevin Donnelly is a man of the past, who has even spoken nostalgically about the use of the cane. He was not an obvious choice to be developing the curriculum for the future.

"The Australian Greens are concerned about the idea that a simplistic 'back to basics' approach can provide the learning needed for 21st century students.

"While strong literacy and numeracy skills are obviously vital, we also need to be teaching kids the innovation and problem solving skills necessary for the modern workplace."


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