Curriculum review

The insidious way the new curriculum undermines democracy

By Peter Brett

The public’s mind is focused upon politics in the final week of a bruising election campaign. The language

The truth: what our students really learn about Anzac Day

By Alison Bedford and Naomi Barnes

Students taught “hatred” of the nation (even the PM thinks so). Teachers are duds. That’s the backdrop for

Will the curriculum really embrace the true spirit of Anzac?

By Naomi Barnes

Q and A with Anna Clark, author of Making Australian History The “wokeness” of Australia’s National Curriculum has again made headlines and again it is more electioneering. On Friday a Nine newspapers headline claimed the revised version of National Curriculum will elevate Western and Christian heritage. Crikey picked up on the Sydney Morning Herald headline

The truth about Terra Nullius and why First Nations people say Tudge is wrong to say we need optimism

By Olivia Johnston, Libby Jackson-Barrett and Christine Cunningham

Australia’s federal Minister for Education, Alan Tudge, will not endorse the  draft national curriculum for secondary teachers of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) because  the changes are “overly negative”and could teach kids a hatred of their Country” (ABC 2021).   But from a First Nations perspective, the time has come to speak the truth about what

Alan Tudge’s understanding of our history deserves a fail

By Keith Heggart, Peter Brett and Sophie Fenton

The Federal Minister for Education Alan Tudge says the draft History and Civics and Citizenship curriculum is not

Australian curriculum review: strengthened but still a long way from an amazing curriculum for all Australian students

By Stewart Riddle

There is much to admire in the proposed revisions to the Australian Curriculum, which were released for public consultation this week. I’d give it a B+. The curriculum content organisers and core ideas have been revised to ensure that they are more closely aligned, with some trimming of content to enable greater depth of study.

Five questions to ask if you think teaching problem-solving works

By John Sweller

Every few decades there is a campaign to include general problem-solving and thinking skills in school curricula. The motivation is understandable. Everyone would like our schools to enhance students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Because it is so obviously important for students to have such skills, these campaigns are frequently successful in including thinking and

How to do the sums for an excellent maths curriculum

By Kathryn Holmes and Catherine Attard

As we await the release of a new Australian curriculum for mathematics, debates about its contents are developing. As is typical with educational debates, the issues are often painted in binary terms: traditional vs progressive, explicit teaching vs problem solving, content vs skills, procedural vs conceptual knowledge. In mathematics education, these debates have existed for

Ditching school-based courses cuts passion and wonder. Shame the bureaucrats don’t see that.

By Cathie Burgess

After Pauline Hanson was elected, one school fought rising racism with a school-developed subject.

Curriculum review: where was NESA’s consultation?

By Debra Batley

NESA’s announcement last Monday about its curriculum overhaul had several disturbing aspects to it, writes Debra Batley.