Political influence invariably seeps into every aspect of society, whether it is infrastructure, business, health care or education. Even though education should be void of political bias, that is not the case in Australia. At least Education Minister Christopher Pyne seems to think so. Kritika Seksaria reports.
Mr Pyne recently stated that by the middle of the year he intends to review and overhaul Australia’s education system, removing the curriculum of its current leftist bias.
According to the minister, current national curriculum is not meeting education policy demands and is in need of a review. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also criticised the system by stating the Labor Party and union movements have been glorified in history lessons whereas the accomplishments of the Coalition are left behind.
The political bias that many teachers start to enforce at an early stage gets worse by the time a student is in university. Having studied communications and politics in one of Australia’s most reputed universities, I can recall the pressure on political bias, which almost becomes a part of the student culture.
Regardless of whether it is left-wing or right-wing, education should strictly be void of any political influence.
History educator and researcher Tony Taylor believes that the education system is in need of independent review that is not inspired by Coalition or Labor interests. In an article published in Crikey, he states:
“In my view there is nothing wrong with a snapshot interim professional review, but to make it happen and to give it any kind of credibility, Pyne should have appointed a suitably apolitical panel.”
Candidate for seat of New England and founder of 21st Century Australia Party, Jamie McIntyre, also believes
that the education system needs a complete overhaul.
As an educator for the last 15 years, one of McIntyre’s primary goals has been to change the education system in Australia from an out-dated 19th century one to a modern and practical 21st century education.
McIntyre, who attended many teacher’s forums as a federal candidate during the September federal elections, says he was appalled by what he saw.
“As someone dedicated for the last 15 years to help transform our outdated education system, I discovered clearly why Australian schools are failing students. The blame largely lies in the inept teachers’ hierarchy.
“This hierarchy has extremely strong socialist agendas and they have no comprehension of fiscal intelligence and think that the government should borrow money at all costs to fund education even though there is a track record of our education hierarchy simply delivering pathetic results despite the extra billions of dollars being spent on it.”
McIntyre states that he will not support Gonski unless it came with a radical overhaul of the education system.
“In business when you acquire a company, the first thing you look at is its management. If a company isn’t performing, then its managers are to blame. If they are performing as badly as our education system it is clear that the managers need major retraining or in many cases they need to be sacked.
“In such a situation, a new style of managers and teachers need recruiting, training and an entirely new curriculum needs to be implemented.
“I would start from scratch and only rehire the managers and teachers that are suitable while letting go of the rest. A decent clean out of a failing system must start at the top…