March 1, 2010
Dreamtime fine, but don’t forget our culture in science curriculum
Greater weight should be given to Western culture and its Judeo-Christian roots in the national science curriculum, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
“It’s fine to study the Dreamtime and Chinese medicine as part of ‘science as a human endeavour’, but this should not be at the expense of our own cultural heritage,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.
“If Dreamtime stories about the world’s origins are to be included, then children should also be taught the Bible story of creation.
“It seems strange to include the Dreamtime and omit stories from one of the greatest texts of Western Civilisation.”
Mr Wallace said that some of the greatest scientific breakthroughs were made by Christians such as Isaac Newton, Sir Francis Bacon and Robert Boyle.
“To omit our own cultural roots in the curriculum would be doing students a disservice.”
Mr Wallace said there are clear educational benefits in having a national set of agreed standards for education and the ACL welcomed the release of the draft curriculums in science, mathematics, history and English.
“We will be looking carefully at the draft curriculums and hope there will be a genuine consultation process which will see the best possible national curriculums developed for our children,” Mr Wallace said.
“While it is important to be aware of various cultural groups and perspectives, it is also essential that students are educated in Australia’s central Judeo-Christian cultural heritage and the views and endeavours that have been associated with that heritage.”