History in the national curriculum



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Melleuish, G. C. (2010). History in the national curriculum. In C. Berg (Eds.), The National Curriculum: A Critique (pp. 1-11). Melbourne: Institute of Public Affairs.


The decision to make history one of the 'four pillars' of primary and secondary education in Australia through its inclusion in the new Australian national curriculum has not encouraged the sort of debate and discussion that such a development deserves. The discussion has been underwhelming. Nevertheless, there are important questions that cannot be ignored. These include the following. What exactly is the purpose of the study of history for those students who are undertaking it? Exactly what history should be taught? What should be pit in and what should be left out?

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