THE emphasis on teaching Australian history in recent years will be scaled down in the national curriculum, as its initial draft, to be released today, outlines a course that places the national story in the context of broader global events.
The draft says restricting the study of history to Australian history is inappropriate, and while it retains an important place in the national curriculum, knowledge of world events is necessary to understand the nation's history.
The national curriculum stems the push to privilege Australian history, which culminated in the call by the Howard government to make the study of Australian history compulsory in Years 9 and 10.
"If only to equip students to operate in the world in which they will live, they need to understand world history," the draft says.
Pardon me if I'm concerned that so many of the generation after mine today's children don't know any Australian history now, or what they know is someone's idea about history, not facts.
Read more in The Australian.