November 23rd 2013

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Foreign takeover bid for Australia's GrainCorp..
ADM'S murky history

EDITORIAL: Foreign investment or foreign takeovers?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Abbott government still cool towards the media

LIFE ISSUES: Dr Nitschke promises death facility for Adelaide

HISTORY: Horatio Nelson, Arthur Phillip and the birth of Australia

UNITED STATES: Obama testing the limits of American culture

LIFE ISSUES: The abominable industry of human trafficking

SOCIETY: How radical feminists have betrayed women

OPINION: Let the people decide on gay 'marriage'

TAIWAN: Taiwan high-tech giant sees clean future

SCHOOLS: Cultural left rules education

CULTURE: The Quixotic pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness

BOOK REVIEW: Stabbing us in the back

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Cultural left rules education

by Kevin Donnelly

News Weekly, November 23, 2013

Forget the cultural-left bias and PC group mentality of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. When it comes to a pervasive ideological commitment to the left, nothing beats Australia’s education establishment.

One day after the Coalition’s victory Monash University’s David Zyngier, in a piece written for The Conversation, bemoans the fact that the Australian people have chosen a conservative government.

Such a government, according to Zyngier, will destroy Australia’s education system by imposing a neoconservative agenda involving: a back-to-basics curriculum, a funding system that favours non-government schools, a history curriculum based on a “white armband sanitised approach” and a model of education where government schools will be forced to compete.

Tony Taylor, another academic from Monash University and again posted on The Conversation, also fears the outcome of the election when he portrays Tony Abbott’s misgivings about lack of balance in the national history curriculum as “personally-motivated, ideological interference in the history curriculum”.

The change of government, argues Taylor, means that state and territory schools will be forced to teach a “triumphalist view of the past that uncritically highlights the achievements of a free market economy, Western civilisation and Christianity”.

One reason why the cultural left has been so successful in controlling the education system is because the majority of Australia’s professional bodies, subject associations and teacher-training academics are hostile to a conservative view of education epitomised by choice and diversity, an academic curriculum, meritocracy and traditional styles of teaching.

Extract from Kevin Donnelly, “Cultural left rules education”, ESI blog(Educational Standards Institute, Melbourne), November 9, 2013.


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