Federal Minister for Education Christopher Pyne has announced a review into the Australian school curriculum’s failure to properly acknowledge Australia’s history of failure.
Mr Pyne expressed particular concern that Australian school students had little exposure to important historical institutions such as Anzac Day.
“At the moment, Australian school students only recognise our nation’s glorious defeat at Anzac Cove once a year,” said Mr Pyne.
“Sure, children might march as part of their school, they might have a special parade, listen to the Last Post, have visits from war veterans, and some school groups might make a pilgrimage to Turkey. But for the rest of the year, it’s like Gallipoli never happened.”
Mr Pyne proposed that, like mathematics, biology and other “so-called sciences”, Anzac Day should be studied throughout the school year.
Mr Pyne said that school children should also have a better knowledge of other great Australian defeats.
“I was staggered to discover most Australian students know little about the humiliating electoral losses of Gough Whitlam and Paul Keating. Or that Raelene Boyle was deprived of Olympic gold in the 1970s because of East German drug cheats.”
Mr Pyne said that Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup Finals campaign would be a great opportunity for students to live and study defeat as it happened.
“The current left-leaning curriculum fools children into believing that every individual should be valued and that there are no winners and losers in life. Our government is firmly committed to educating our future citizens that this is not the case.”