Fears the next generation of young Australians will be unwilling to defend their country in war due to ‘woke school curriculum’
- Education minister warns kids not being taught why Australia worth defending
- Alan Tudge said curriculum should highlight the virtues of liberal democracy
- He said ‘not since the 1940s’ had this been more important to teach to children
The ‘woke’ generation will be unwilling to defend Australia in a military conflict because schools are failing to teach them why the country is a success, the federal education minister has warned.
Alan Tudge is worried students are being taught to focus on negative aspects of the country’s history and to take their liberal democracy for granted.
In a speech to libertarian think-tank the Centre for Independent Studies on Friday, Mr Tudge will insist practices in school such as referring to Anzac Day as a ‘contested idea’ will undermine the younger generation’s ideological belief in Australia.
Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge (pictured) says school are undermining the younger generations belief in the Australia as a successful liberal democracy
A draft school curriculum document wants children to be taught that notion of Anzac Day and commemorating those who fought for Australia is a ‘contested idea’
That suggestion was put forward earlier this year when the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority released its draft changes to national school curriculum.
At the time Mr Tudge praised some aspects of the proposal such as strengthening language phonics and pushing forward some mathematics concepts by a year.
But he slammed other aspects such as Year 9 being taught about: ‘the commemoration of World War I, including different historical interpretations and contested debates about the nature and significance of the Anzac legend and the war’.
The word ‘contested’ appears in the draft curriculum 19 times.
‘[Curriculum changes] go to the heart of what our children our taught: the content, the priorities and the values embedded in the materials.’ Mr Tudge said.
He also said the teaching of Indigenous history should be balanced with learning how a modern, free Australian society originated.
‘We have an opportunity to enrich the history curriculum with more emphasis on indigenous history and indigenous perspectives.’
‘This would be a positive development… but as our greatest historian, Geoffrey Blainey, has said, it should not come at the expense of the teaching of classical and western civilisations and how Australia came to be a free, liberal democracy.’
Mr Tudge said that students should be taught why millions of people from around the world emigrate to Australia (pictured, a school strike in Brisbane)
And he claimed the draft curriculum document ‘weakened Christianity’ despite its inherent values being the foundation for our modern civilisation.
‘We live in one of the most prosperous egalitarian societies in the world and children should develop an understanding of how this came about.’
‘If we diminish this understanding, we are less likely to protect and defend it.’
With the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, communism, far-right extremism and an increasingly aggressive China in recent decades, Mr Tudge says children in Australia should learn how fortunate they are and why millions of people emigrate Down Under.
‘There has not been a more important time to teach children the origins, values and singular greatness of liberal democracy since the 1940s,’ he said.
China (pictured) has grown increasingly aggressive in recent years with concerns mounting of a military move against neighbouring Taiwan
He also noted Australia has fallen from the top group of educated countries to the middle of the pack over the last two decades with countries such as Poland and Estonia rocketing above us.
The original draft curriculum was released in April.
‘I am not satisfied with the current draft [curriculum] which has been presented because some of those core things which underpin our democracy are not there.’ Mr Tudge told parliament on Thursday.
In his speech, Mr Tudge refers to a Lowy Institute poll which found 40 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds believe a non-democratic government would be acceptable or that they don’t care what system of government is in place.
‘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,’ he said.