Saturday, October 30, 2010

Learning History

What is the point of learning history?
There are many reason to learn history such as understanding our culture and our society.
When I was at school, a teacher would front the classroom and ask, which year was the battle of Waterloo? or what happened in 1776? It was boring and it seemed irrelevant because it had no purpose to my life as a young boy. That was then and since then I've learned the importance of knowing history.

But that's getting away from what I want to gripe about.
The carriculum of Australian schools is being revised to focus more on Aboriginal history and at the cost of learning about the Vietnam war.

Aboriginal history is based on a fabrication of lies. See my blog on this here. Keith Windschuttle's book, Volume 1 covers only Tasmania but that is enough information to get the gist of the scope of misrepresentation that has occurred in what is called today Aboriginal history.

The Vietnam war is the greatest military failure of the 20th Century which is being repeated over and over today in Afghanistan and Iraq. Surely this is more relevant and interesting than any half-truths piled upon misconceptions tainted with left wing bias and ideology called aboriginal history. 


Jeannie said...

Until they learn how to teach history so that it is as fascinating to youth as it is to us old farts, history is pretty much wasted and they might as well tell stories about dreamtime as anything else.

I think in the younger grades, history should be very recent and very local stuff - within their lifetime concerning people and neighborhoods they know. As the kids age, it should branch out to larger and larger areas and go back in time - relating it to parents and grandparents times. History older than that should wait until high school and should include all the sex, scandal and intrigue that goes along with it.

Patrick Carroll said...

Gillard and her cronies will end up destroying education in this country. SHE is ultimately behind all of this.