The draft national curriculum geography paper adopts a “cultural/social constructivist approach” to learning and argues that maps are “social constructions” that “portray the world in distorted and selected ways” and it’s wrong to teach geography from within a “Western capitalist tradition”. Dr Kevin Donnelly reports. Prime Minister Julia Gillard, in her former role as education minister, described herself as an education traditionalist and as someone committed to bringing “clarity and rigour” to subjects such as mathematics, English, history and science. Judged by the recently released paper, Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Geography, she has failed to deliver. The proposed…
Australian states bear the responsibility for healthcare and education matters.
We need to rethink the trajectory of pedagogy in Australia, and provide far better formation for young minds.
We also need to keep an eye on evolving healthcare policies, particularly regarding bioethical issues.
Read on for suggested policies and methods.