Monday, October 13, 2008

New history curriculum announced

On AM today. Transcripts should be here a little later today. They're up.

I heard about it thismorning while commuting. Unfortunately, I haven't listened to it all.

It will be on again in a minute... the intro sounds like it could be a battle between history made up of facts, and history made up, er, interesting.

Latest Transcripts:
Updated Monday, 13 October, 2008

Rescue package for EU banks
More than a dozen European countries have moved to bail out the continent's stricken banks in an effort to boost confidence in the markets and avoid a repeat of last week's financial meltdown. But as AM's Stephanie Kennedy explains, leaders from the 15 EU countries haven't revealed how much money they're prepared to spend.

Crucial waiting game for US markets
Despite the weekend's crisis meetings in Washington, there are few details on just how the G7 and G20 countries will act to prevent more bank failures and to kick start stalled credit markets. It's not the result the markets wanted and there are growing fears of yet more bloodletting on Wall Street. The Dow Jones futures are already down by nearly 230 points.

Hopes Australian markets will bounce
Australian banks are set to open their doors today with the confidence that all the customers' deposits are guaranteed by the Federal Government. With that knowledge, the Australian share market is expected to bounce back after last week's shocking losses.

Government safeguarding economic future, Tanner says
The Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner says the Commonwealth is looking at drawing on some of the budget surplus to stimulate economic activity. But Mr Tanner won't say if the Government is willing to send the budget into deficit to do that.

New witness emerges in Lapthorne case
A Croatian woman who saw Britt Lapthorne on the night she disappeared has told police the Melbourne student was speaking and dancing with an English speaking man before she went missing.

Curriculum Board seeks education overhaul
The National Curriculum Board is proposing that history be a compulsory subject for Australian students up to year 10, to ensure students get a broad knowledge about the earliest civilisations through to modern times. The head of the history advisory group is Professor Stuart Macintyre speaks to AM about the proposal to revamp the teaching of history.
EXTRA: Full Interview with Stuart MacIntyre

Mixed reaction to history overhaul proposal
Teachers say putting Australian history into a global perspective is the right thing to do. But some commentators say the changes downgrade the importance of facts in teaching history.

Overcrowding persists in Maningrida
When the intervention began under the former Howard government overcrowding in Aboriginal communities was cited as a major problem, and a possible trigger for child abuse. More than a year later, there's still chronic overcrowding and building promised new houses won't start until next year.

Immigration dissatisfaction on the increase: report
A new report has revealed a growing voter disquiet about Australia's immigration intake.

Hair loss genes could come from both parents: research
New research on male baldness has found men carry the genes that lead to hair loss. The finding could lead to new treatments; not only for baldness but for the other serious health conditions that come with hair loss.

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