A healthy democracy starts with active and informed citizens
Knowledge of how our democratic processes work, what citizens’ rights and legal obligations are and understanding our national values are basic to our social cohesion.
It is concerning that among numerous shortcomings,
the nation’s education system is failing to equip most secondary students with
the knowledge and skills to become active and informed citizens.
Nationwide testing shows that young people are also losing
interest in political news and world affairs
Minister Alan Tudge is right when he says: “We all
have an interest in our kids learning about our democracy before they hit
Source: The Australian 21/1/21
New kind of schooling for society of future
“The Year 12 university entrance score system is far too narrow to
measure student success accurately and is holding back our nation. Reducing a child’s
whole education journey to a single metric has led our education system to
become increasingly irrelevant.
We would begin the task of educating our children by asking what society
needs of our future adults. Beyond being literate and numerate, we need them to
be problem solvers, creative thinkers, curious, compassionate, resilient,
self-aware, emotionally intelligent, hopeful, open-minded, great communicators,
and respectful to themselves and others.”
The Australian 1/1/2021