Early review shows no base for school reform
A report compiled months ago by the two figures behind Federal Government education reforms shows little need for change.
A 17-page report by University of Queensland Professor Kenneth Wiltshire and former teacher and Coalition advisor Kevin Donnelly was put together in March, but only released this week.
The report into the Australian curriculum review made no case for change, but the Federal Government has since ordered new reforms from the two people who wrote the preliminary report.
Greens schools spokesperson Penny Wong says the report prove that the current review was “too hasty and totally unnecessary”.
Australian media outlets say the report says “subject area specialists are being commissioned to evaluate the curriculum which has been developed to date”.
It indicates that specialists will look at the “robustness” and “balance” of subjects’ content, comparing them “with the curriculum of two other relevant countries”.
The paper suggests Professor Wiltshire has sat for extensive discussions with figures from the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, the English Department for Education and British think-tanks.
It does not spell out any case for change.
Criticism abounds as to the necessity and ideology of the review ordered by Education Minister Christopher Pyne.
The two men leading it have both given views against a perceived move to the "cultural left" within schools, they have admonished the national history curriculum's “politically correct” focus on diversity and difference, and denied the “values serving as [the curriculum’s] foundation”.
The Education Department says the report was only an update on the progress on the review, and a formal report with new recommendations is due in late July.