From the editors:
Debates about the purpose of civics and citizenship education and the social sciences more generally continue to be front and centre in the news. Stimulated by the recent comments by Federal Education Minister, Alan Tudge, there is ongoing discussion - that has become heated at times - about how we should teach and learn about our history (or histories!) and what it means to be a member of the Australian community.
Tudge identified several areas in the current draft version of the Australian Curriculum that he argued were unacceptable. Relevant to readers of The Social Educator were his comments about Citizenship and History. He suggested that the curriculum was too negative, and focused on the history of slavery, imperialism, and colonisation. Furthermore, he was critical of the way that Anzac Day was presented as a contested idea, rather than ‘the most sacred of all days’; something that is concerning as we strive to educate critical thinkers.
Read more in Issue 39(3)
No Minister. Examining recent commentary on the draft Australian History and Civics and Citizenship curriculum
Peter Brett, Keith Heggart and Sophie Fenton
Naturally enough? Children, climate anxiety and the importance of hope
John Buchanan, Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn and Jennifer Fergusson.
Auto-ethnographic reflections upon “Lived Citizenship” as a Curriculum Space in the context of the Australian Curriculum
Lisa Cary and Marc Pruyn