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Greens call for release of final curriculum review

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Penny Wright 6 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Abbott Government to release the final report of the Australian Curriculum review to end uncertainty for students and teachers.

Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said Education Minister Christopher Pyne had been handed the final report by Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire last month.

"This review has been highly controversial from the get-go." Senator Wright said. "It was premature and altogether too hasty, but it's time to end the uncertainty.

"We don't need a drip-feed through the media - we need to see the full details of what Christopher Pyne's hand-picked reviewers have planned for our schools."

Senator Wright said reports today confirmed fears the review was conducted on ideological grounds.

"Creativity, ethics and cultural awareness are not 'postmodern themes' to be dismissed out of hand, they are what our children need to thrive in the 21st century," Senator Wright said.

"Dr Donnelly is well known for his archaic views on everything from corporal punishment to multiculturalism. It's time we see whether Christopher Pyne's review is going to take us forward or drag our schools back in time."

The national curriculum, put together by experts over several years, is still in the process of being rolled out across the country. Minister Pyne originally said he wanted to see the review's recommendations in place for the start of the 2015 school year.

 

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