Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

THE HISTORY WARS

Christopher Pyne, the Opposition's education spokesman, has told Sky News that a Coalition government would review the national curriculum because it didn't give enough prominence to ANZAC Day.

He also attacked the current curriculum for presenting a 'black armband' view of history, and putting Aboriginal and multicultural commemoration days alongside ANZAC Day in terms of historical importance.

This follows Pyne's earlier insistence that the education funding model is fine as it is, and that the real problems with education in Australia are teacher quality and education 'values'. Considered alongside Tony Abbott's hints that a Coalition government would not follow through on the Gonski-related funding increases, their education priorities are becoming clear.

On a related note, the Coalition appears to be leaning towards retired soldier Peter Cosgrove as its choice for the next Governor-General. Cosgrove is currently appearing on TV screens exploiting the ANZAC myth in beer advertisements. He's clearly not the only person to see the benefits of re-packaging history.

Nick Feik
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