August 15, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.

George Orwell

4 comments:

  1. Exactly. The clearest political thinker of the last century.

    Have I ever mentioned that?

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  2. Hmm, yes, I think you might have!

    Have I mentioned that Australian history has been obliterated in the new national high school curriculum?

    Or that we are becoming infuriatingly dumb?

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  3. The teaching of history in general is in crisis. Of course they have obliterated Australian history. They couldn't think up a version that didn't offend somebody. Likely they couldn't find anybody by now who knew enough about it to come with a curriculum anyay.

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  4. Likely they couldn't find anybody by now who knew enough about it to come with a curriculum anyway.

    Sadly, true, nor anyone to make it interesting. They churn out teachers, only a few of whom are offered jobs by Educ Depts each year, and few of them can teach maths or science. Beggars belief. (And so much for teaching shortage ... thousands are qualified, but why? There aren't enough jobs for those who think they want to teach!)

    They couldn't think up a version that didn't offend somebody.

    Pathetic, isn't it. We can watch the six o'clock news or ACA or TT, or The Shire or Being Laura Bingle, all of which are vomit or anger inducingly offensive in their own way, but damn - let's not mull over history, 'cause it's bound to hurt someone's feelings.

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