Sunday, 23 June 2013

Secular curriculum?

In PM's school reform flawed Kevin Donnelly writes
The curriculum states that Australia is "a secular nation with a multicultural and multi-faith society"; one where students are told they should "learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of others". Yet, while it is true that Australia is a secular society, ours is predominantly a Christian country and Judeo-Christian values are the bedrock of our institutions and way of life. Tolerance, respect for others, equality before the law, individual liberty, honesty and truth telling are values that define us as a nation and they can only be fully understood in the context of the Christian religion.
Absolute nonsense! Only someone indoctrinated in Christianity—and I strongly suspect Catholocism—would hold that view. Humanists and atheists would reject this position unequivocally. He adds
Mandating a cultural Left national curriculum on schools will leave students with a biased understanding of their responsibilities as citizens.
Really? Perhaps it would introduce more balance, or a counter-balance, to the religious and Right bias of The Australian.

While Donnelly declares that he is
...director of Education Standards Institute and author of Educating Your Child: It's not rocket science.
he does not declare his religious affiliation. Surely full disclosure is required here!

When I was looking for this article on the web I came across Literacy—Why I reject Kevin Donnelly’s educational analysis, which I found most interesting. It seems that Donnelly's regular column in The Australian—like that of many other columnists—is due, at least in part, to a worldview mirroring that of the newspaper.

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  1. I'm not sure if this is rational, but I disliked the proliferation of small religious schools under Howard. It was only when I got to uni that I realised that I'd grown up without meeting any catholics, because they went to different schools.

    I would prefer that children grew up meeting other children of all faiths and beliefs.

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