I’m reading the review of the Australian Curriculum and it is fucking killing my life
- "The Review received a significant number of submissions arguing that the Australian Curriculum did not pay enough attention to…
Spurr’s entire argument here is that we should focus less on ATSI perspectives and material in the classroom. Saying there isn’t much literature by or about ATSI people is pretty ignorant of you tbh!
There is a heap of fantastic literature written by ATSI peoples- Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Bronwyn Bancroft, Sally Morgan, just to name a popular few. The new English curriculum recommends incorporating a range of quality texts from Indigenous authors and illustrators, as well as prompting the use of digital forms of storytelling and narrative such as Message Stick, ABC’s Dust Echoes, etc.
This publisher’s website is a fantastic resource for finding works by Indigenous authors and illustrators
Yeah it probably is pretty ignorant of me, I’m English and my knowledge of Australia is really very slim so yeah, mea culpa. But I am gonna say that I didn’t say there wasn’t *much* but that there *probably wasn’t AS much*. So there’s that.
And I absolutely agree that there should be more teaching about Indigenous authors in Australia’s national curriculum, that’s common sense and really I’d think that even an egg on a stick could tell that. Even I know that and I’m all the way over here on the other side of the world and the closest I ever got to Australia was the fact that I had an Australian friend for a while a couple of years ago.
Please don’t start thinking that I think Spurr is right. Also don’t start thinking that I am within shouting distance of knowing anything about this issue other than what common sense tells me.