Jan 21, 2014

Our education curriculum was not political — it will be if Pyne gets his way

History educator and researcher Tony Taylor says Christopher Pyne's education review is unnecessary, unfounded and based on specious arguments. We need a credible review team -- and a credible minister.

Christopher Pyne Tony Abbott

Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s disingenuous defence of his curriculum review panel (mostly recently in the Fairfax press) may work for his most immediate supporters, but it won’t wash with an informed public.

He tells us that a Coalition review of the national curriculum has been long promised. This bit, at least, is true, but the promises have consistently been framed in the language of political revenge.

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23 thoughts on “Our education curriculum was not political — it will be if Pyne gets his way

  1. leon knight

    An incredible minister is usually a compliment, but Tony has correctly identified this yokel as a laughing stock…and the ego of the chap is quite repugnant – a thoroughly nasty individual.

  2. Jimmy

    Pretty good assessment of the situation, I nearly fell over laughing readin PYnes piece over the weekend – does he think we are that stupid?

  3. Jan Forrester

    Thanks Tony! On many counts.

  4. klewso

    What’s new?
    “Con-troll information and you’re half-way to controlling thinking through perception! – Murdoch”?

  5. Venise Alstergren

    Christopher Pyne is the archetypal, bottom line microcosm that illuminates, with a dim and malevolent light, almost ninety percent of the parliamentary coalition.

    For anyone to call Christopher Pyne a laughing stock is severely over stating the man’s abilities. Every time he opens his mouth, or is running out of parliament, he illustrates his fifth-rate persona.

    After his initial salvo on the Gonski report and the speed with which the PM brought him back to heel, the electorate should have known the vitiated worth of this ankle biting clown.

  6. paddy

    Well done TT. Your piece has actually cheered me up.
    It’s way past time that someone *loudly* pointed out, that the Emperor/Minister has no clothes.

  7. MJPC

    Thank you Tony, for saying what hasn’t been said as clearly in the mainstream media. There are too many LNP ‘chums’ advising on too many policies in this Government. I and many did not vote for them, and certainly don’t wish to be dictated to by those who didn’t even sit for election, but are advocating policy.
    VA has also summed it in one.
    Can someone also tell me what is happening at Fairfax? Pyne and now, today in the SMH, one Peter Reith waxing lyrical on workplace reform ne’ workchoices Mk 2. I am polishing up my “Your rights at Work” campaign button. Here’s a tip: buy shares in balaclava supply companies if he has any credibility with this Government (as he undoubtedly does).

  8. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    Chris’s analysis of the problem and proposed solution shows how a private school education (Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide) can fail miserably in his case:
    Problem:”universities are teaching maths and English remedial courses”

    Proposed Solution: ” the curriculum should be orthodox and should tell students about where we’ve come from and why we are the country we are today, so we can shape our future appropriately,”

    I don’t see how feeding students ‘facts’ will help their Maths or English skills in any way whatsoever.

  9. Shaniq'ua Shardonn'ay

    I think it would be also good to analyse why the university is giving these courses instead of adjusting the prerequisites for their courses (see http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/teacher_resources/maths_in_focus.shtml) and I’d also be interested in how many mature age students require these courses (I’m well aware that if I wanted to study engineering for instance I would probably need to do these courses as I only did the General Maths subject in year 12 back in ’86.

  10. wbddrss

    I went to the website & had a quick read of


    & surprisingly as a non professional with a casual interest in education, I feel all the fuss is about a framework.

    Have I got the wrong impression? Can anyone help me?

    Very interesting stuff but not worthy of getting all excited over.

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