Opinion: Why more Indigenous history in the school curriculum isn’t necessarily better

I’ve written a piece for the Sydney Morning Herald on the announcement by the NSW Board of Studies to include more Indigenous history in the curriculum. But is that necessarily a good thing?

“I can’t tell you how many history lessons I’ve had studying the unjust treatment of Aboriginal people when the first explorers from Europe came. But I also can’t tell you much about the Dreamtime, their social organisation or ceremonies. Which – you’d expect – is an important part of the Government’s curriculum looking at issues through Indigenous, Asian and sustainability perspectives.”

You can read my piece here, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

One thought on “Opinion: Why more Indigenous history in the school curriculum isn’t necessarily better

  1. What is in the syllabus / curriculum does not necessarily mean that its taught in the classroom. Many schools are not teaching Indigenous perspectives in their classrooms. And history is not just about the past – its about perspectives on the past. Indigenous Australians do not have a voice in their own past.

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