We now have a list of more than 150 ‘educators’ who want to deny that there has been a change of government and who seem motivated to continue Australia’s inexorable slide down the PISA ladder.
Make no mistake, these are ideologues, interested only in their own discredited theories and practices who care naught for students. The change of government has disrupted their cosy positions.
They claim to have three concerns:
- that the review is political and moves away from an apolitical curriculum
- that the timing of the review is disruptive; and
- that the review panel Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire hold ‘highly critical views’ on the Australian curriculum.
These three reasons are a smokescreen: they just want to preserve the present substandard curriculum. If an educator was really motivated by the quality of teaching and education, he or she would applaud the regular review of the curriculum.
The present curriculum is highly political, and is demonstrably substandard. It has failed students, and its review is extremely timely. Both review panel members are superbly qualified for the task, and rightly have a skeptical view of the present curriculum.