Schools to teach Aboriginal culture

Heath Gilmore; 27/11/09

Indigenous culture will be embedded in the new national school curriculum under a proposal being considered by leading educators. English, science, history and other disciplines will contain an indigenous perspective on issues ranging from the portrayal of British colonisation to the Northern Territory intervention. Maths teachers could be asked to use real-life statistical Aboriginal data for problem-solving exercises and students could explore counting methods used by different tribes. It is part of a wider push to lift the educational standards of Aboriginal children and the general knowledge of indigenous issues among all schoolchildren. Peter Hill, the new chief executive of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, will present the proposal for a mandatory Aboriginal perspective to his board next month.

See: http://www.smh.com.au/national/schools-to-teach-aboriginal-culture-20091126-juq7.html; All hands on deck to bridge the indigenous reading gap; Jessica Mahar; 27/11/09; http://www.smh.com.au/national/all-hands-on-deck-to-bridge-the-indigenous-reading-gap-20091126-juq9.html