Reform the NSW Curriculum to include Aboriginal Culture and Perspectives in History
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How much of the First Nations' culture, history and perspective were taught in schools?
Australia's true story has a history that is over 60,000 years old and counting; thanks to new archaeological findings. This is a history that is excluded from our education system but, what is getting taught is a history that is one-sided as it's from a European perspective on colonisation. I believe that all students deserve the chance to learn more about the history and perspective of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Students will gain a rich and all-rounded knowledge to a history pushed under the rug and by learning the knowledge of the culture will develop a respect for diversity and understand cultural differences. With more Aboriginal students ever recorded in our schools as studies have shown, the younger generations should be correctly informed on the First Nations' history and affairs.
The topic of Australian history in regards to colonisation should turn into a comparative study of the Aboriginal perspective as being considered Invasion. By teaching the comparative of European and Aboriginal views of colonisation/invasion, student's will not only access knowledge and understanding about the history and the cultural awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but also provides all students will a rich and well-rounded knowledge of Australia's history.
As a comparison, we should observe at the ways Canadians include the First Nations'; the Métis and the Inuit, and how they create the cultural awareness and teach the history in their classrooms. All students in the Alberta Province learn about the history and legacy of the Métis and the Inuit. David Eggen, The Minister of Education and Culture stated that:
"It is critical our students understand the history and vibrant cultures of Indigenous communities and the role we all have to play in reconciliation."
Currently, each state and territory is responsible for what is taught in their schools. We need to have a consistent, national curriculum which provides all NSW students with opportunities to deepen their knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As NSW is one of the most innovative states, we should take action in acknowledging the history of our First People. With the inclusion, further knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content could be a foundation towards sovereignty.
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