As the rest of the world continues its battle to contain Covid, a cultural variant appears to have spread the length and breadth of the Anglosphere and is now infecting its farthest reaches. Welcome to Woke Australia-style.
For the Epoch Times, Rebecca Zhiu reports on a speech by Australia's Education Minister Alan Tudge to the Centre of Independent Studies in which he expresses grave concerns about the current national curriculum which appears to depress standards rather than raise them.
He was particularly worried about the narrow perspective of the current history curriculum which "... gave the impression that nothing bad happened before 1788 and almost nothing good has happened since,”
"He said it downplayed our Western heritage and omitted significant figures from the past while introducing “ridiculous concepts,” such as asking Year 2 students whether statues could be considered racist.
“It almost erased Christianity from our past, despite it being the single most important influence on our modern development, according to our greatest living historian Geoffrey Blainey,” Tudge added.
While Western political institutions are not perfect, the minister noted they gave Australians a democratic government, freedom of association and speech, strong human rights, and more.
“If students don’t learn this, they won’t defend it as previous generations did,” Tudge said. “Ultimately, students should leave school with a love of country and a sense of optimism and hope that we live in the greatest country on earth and that the future is bright.”
Tudge said it was a “catastrophe” that in a period where the influence of authoritarianism and communism is growing, nearly half of young Australians believe a non-democratic government may be preferable, or that the government system does not matter."
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A defaced statue of Captain Cook, Catani Gardens, St. Kilda, Melbourne