Jan 10, 2014

Pyne’s culture warriors: curriculum reviewers ‘lack credibility’

Christopher Pyne has charged Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire -- harsh critics of the national curriculum -- to ferret out "bias" in classrooms. Their appointments have come under close scrutiny.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

As the Abbott government launches a sweeping review into the new national curriculum, the country’s curriculum chief has rejected claims that a partisan progressive agenda is being foisted on students.

And the lead writer of the national history curriculum has blasted Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s choice of reviewers, saying they lack credibility and expertise in the area.

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28 thoughts on “Pyne’s culture warriors: curriculum reviewers ‘lack credibility’

  1. Interrobanging On

    Ugly. Announce a review then stack it with pre-declared critics. Only one outcome is possible. The fact the curricula have been accepted by all states and territories is irrelevant.

    Then have the bare-faced gall to say it is to remove ‘bias’. It might remove ‘bias’ as maggot-brained right wingers perceive it, but it is solely to replace it with their own bias. Expect a strong ‘Whitewash’ view of history.

    It is a good career move to be a friend of the Liberal Party when writing on the Drum or wherever. Gets you plum gigs with this shameless and cynical mob.

  2. Migraine

    Among the many many things I find disturbing about this: a Minister of the Crown providing the justification for an important announcement via a newspaper opinion piece – as an exclusive – which is locked behind a paywall. Basic accountability would suggest making the piece as widely accessible as possible. Besides – a column to the 37 crusty gentlemen who still read the Oz? Preaching to the choir …

  3. lloydois

    Couldn’t agree more migraine but then as we all know this is not a government that has any concern for the majority of Australians. It’s just a bunch of sad old ideologues playing out culture wars most of us moved beyond some time ago.

    The idea of Kevin Donnelly taking the partisan out of anything is as laughable as Christopher Pyne showing competence at anything he does.

  4. Scott Grant

    Matthew, you are tasked to stay behind after class and write 500 times “I will not use TASK as a verb”.

  5. klewso

    We’ve got Rupert rewriting history, in the media, now Pyne wants to “redecorate” our education system to reflect his personal opinions?

  6. leon knight

    It may take a little while to repair the education system after this clown has finished meddling with it – although basically teachers will continue to do a good job in spite of hare-brained ideas being foisted on them from on high.
    There is a disturbing religious agenda behind all this, as well as the usual LNP paranoia about left-wing bias.
    I was astounded that Pyne could hold down his job as manager of opposition business (even more that Abbott chose him for that task), but he is way out of his depth now. Dog help us……

  7. Barking

    But the real point is this: The country is hurtling toward some serious economic quicksand and these “adults-in-charge” are amusing themselves with culture war frivolities? Dog help us indeed!

  8. Interrobanging On


    Your mistake is thinking that winning elections and gaining power is about good governance when it is really about using the position for ideological battling and social engineering…so St Christopher teaches us.

    Scott, I agree…at the risk of sounding like a codger calling for education to be just like the good old days when men were men, sheep and women were nervous and an Indigenous Australian was a bloody boong.

    Add ‘disconnect’ as a noun too. It’s a bit odd (and definitely unthinking) the way nouns are becoming verbs and verbs becoming nouns for no good reason.

    Anyone using ‘around’ to mean ‘about’ should do lines as well. I am annoyed around people’s use of around instead of about when talking around something.

    On the misuse of words The Guardian today has a video caption making reference to ‘idol curiosity’. Of course, they really mean ‘idyll curiosity’.

  9. klewso

    Abbott was Howard’s Leader of the House.
    A case of a job, for which “…… Those with talent need not apply!”?

  10. The Pav

    Of course we will give you a fair trial before we shoot you

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