Roger <arelem(a)bigpond.com> wrote:
From next year, every teacher from sport, English,
math and science and
social sciences will have to teach IT.
And the rationale for this is what exactly? (assuming that it's true - I
haven't looked at any references).
I emerged from primary school having been taught typing and basic word
processing on the computers of the era. This was all primary school-level
material and considered such.
History is now history of Asia and aborigines, not
history of Australia.
I remind you that Aboriginal history is an important element of Australian
history, so half of what you said above is in fact "history of Australia".
History when I was at school covered mostly Europe, proceeding from Greek and
Roman civilizations through to the industrial revolution and, finally, the
twentieth century up to the collapse of the Soviet Union, which was everywhere
in the news in 1989-90 just as we were studying the cold war in
secondary school history classes.
So far as I can recall, Asia wasn't mentioned at all throughout, except in
connection with Japan in World War II. I think that's a very serious omission,
given Australia's geographical proximity to south east Asia, immigration
patterns, social and economic relations, etc. Of course, it might have been
rectified had I studied history in years 11 and 12, but I didn't.
They're not even maintaining the illusion. Grammar
is off the table as
So primary school children won't be quizzed about common nouns, proper nouns,
abstract nouns, collective nouns, etc.? It wasn't exciting; nor was it
particularly useful. I learned more about grammar by studying a second
language than I did in English class. That's probably because it wasn't taught
either very well or very systematically. Spelling was covered, though, and it
is important - again, as a primary school topic.