Education Minister Alan Tudge has recently been criticising the draft school curriculum proposed by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). In particular he takes aim at the history program for years 7-10, saying that it will teach children to be ashamed of Australia.

Indigenous consultants at ACARA reject the minister’s views. They say that the curriculum is “filling holes” that have been evident in the schooling system. While the ideas taught to the future generation can be a controversial topic, the new proposal hopes to spark discussion about the different facets of Australian history in classrooms.

Produced By: Declan Hoare

Featured In Story: Mark Rose – Gunditjmara man and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Indigenous Strategy and Innovation at Deakin University, and Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Committee to Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

First aired on The Wire, Thursday 23 September 2021