I feel like Abbott’s focus on dragging Indigenous children to school kicking and screaming and adding copious amounts of anti-truancy laws is a bit of a slap in the face to Indigenous families as Christopher Pyne constantly wails about the Australian education system focusing too much on Indigenous history. According to Pyne, history curriculums are too focused on Indigenous history and culture, and somewhat demonise our great colonial history.
How dare white history be painted in a terrible way? How dare children grow up knowing that white settlers flailed into a land inhabited by the oldest people on the world and proceeded to senselessly massacre a people whose culture and ancestors date back 60,000 years? How dare we face the fact that we literally had laws in place to let the oldest and richest culture in the world die out?
No; children will grow up without a sense of patriotism.
So yes, Christopher Pyne, lets reduce the already minuscule Indigenous education in our schools and then drag Indigenous children to their schools kicking and screaming to learn about white history. Their parents were stolen from their parents, as their new abusive foster families worked on making them white, taking them to
Church and some scrubbing their foster children’s skin till it was red raw.
You and Abbott are going to stamp out a 60,000 year old culture, masking it as ‘closing the gap.’ And you’re going to do it by altering the Australian history curriculum and subsequently dragging Indigenous children to learn your language and your version of history.
"There can be a fine line between good intentions and ‘we know better’ paternalism" —Bill Shorten