Teaching the Nation: Politics and Pedagogy in Australian by Anna Clark

By Anna Clark

The 'History Wars' have come to dominate dialogue of Australian background. This e-book examines where of college heritage in those disputes during the last, and indicates their partisan old divide is complex within the faculties enviornment, the place debate has been more and more contested over 'our children', the nation's destiny.

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57 Only days later the New South Wales Ministry of Education came under fire for having recommended the removal of ‘invasion’ from the draft of an Aboriginal Studies course for primary schools. ind40 40 19/1/06 5:08:44 PM ministry had advised that the term ‘encroachment’ or ‘1788’ should replace ‘invasion’ in parts of the draft teaching supplement for the course. It furthermore directed that where the word ‘invasion’ was used it should be qualified by the addition of a less confrontational term.

Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (New York: New Press, 1995), 99–123, 307. Henry Reynolds, Why Weren’t We Told? : Viking, 1998), 1, 132. John Hirst, ‘The blackening of our past’, IPA Review, vol. 42, no. 3 (1988/89): 49–54; Hugh Morgan, ‘The guilt industry’, IPA Review, vol. 42, no. 1 (1988): 17. Blainey, ‘Drawing up a balance sheet’: 11. Kevin Donnelly, ‘The Black Armband view of Australian history’: 14–17. Cited in Mark Uhlman, ‘A non-apologist view of history’, Canberra Times, 10 March 1997.

Ind26 26 19/1/06 5:08:40 PM Reconstructions of the First Fleet and Australia’s pioneering heritage contrasted public calls for a treaty with Aboriginal people and acknowledgement of Indigenous dispossession. While some official histories were launched with significant fanfare, John Molony’s Penguin Bicentennial History of Australia was famously launched into Sydney Harbour by an Aboriginal protestor. The Bicentenary was a catalyst for historical engagement. It stimulated discussion and interest in the past and provided a public forum for debate.

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