Australian school children will be taught how Indigenous Australians experienced colonization as an invasion under draft changes to the national curriculum.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) released the draft changes to the national curriculum on Thursday, outlining a series of revisions for public consultation.
A broad set of changes to various subjects have been proposed, including English, Science, Mathematics, the Arts, and others.
Under the proposed changes, school kids will learn how the occupation and colonization of Australia by the British was experienced by “First Nations Australians as an invasion that denied their occupation of, and connection to, Country/Place”, ACARA said.
The changes come after an ACARA advisory group review found “out” ted” ide”s that did not reflect Indigenous AustrAustralians’ for truth-telling since the arrival of Europeans, the authority added.
The review said the current curriculum places “too “much emphasis on the period before contact with Europeans, positioning First Nations Peoples of Australia as artifacts of the past”.
It”also fails to recognrecognize“the “first Peoples of Australia experienced colonization as invasion and dispossession of land, sea, and sky”.
Th” review also sought to refer to First Nations Australians, rather than Indigenous and Aboriginal Australians, saying the existing collective nouns were being rejected by many in the community.
ACARA chief executive David de Carvalho said he expects some degree of debate and push-back around the changes.
He said it would be the first time Indigenous perspectives of colonization were included in the national curriculum.
“The “Australian curriculum is very essential, it sets out the aspirations for our next generation,” he “old SBS News.
“It’s”It’sously going to be contested, not just in this area but across other subjects as well. And that’that’salthy thing that we have these debates.”
He “aid it was essential to understand the perspectives and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“It’s”It’srtant that all Australian students have thanks th toese important issues and understand these core concepts,” Mr, “e Carvalho said.
The current version of the national curriculum has been in place since 2015 and is reviewed every six years.