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Teaching aboriginal culture at school? March 28, 2005 10:29 PM

here is an exerpt from a message board i stumbled across by accident. what are your views? should our kids be told the truth about issues like the stolen generation, the killings, deprivation of liberty etc? or should we keep it quiet,let sleeping dogs lie ? http://au.messages.yahoo.com/news/world/13/  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous my thought March 28, 2005 10:36 PM

I know I am new here and not living in Australia right now but.....

I don't think we should ever cover up history. Aborigianl culture is very much a part of your country and I believe it should be passed on. It's like history in the USA...american indians and the civil war what happened needed to be passed down and we all can learn from it.

That's my 2 cents!!

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 March 28, 2005 10:39 PM

I think it should be taught. It is necessary to prepare children to be part of society. Otherwise they get out of school and they don't know what all the fuss is about. I was not aware until last year of how recently aboriginals were mistreated in this country. I had previously assumed it was something that was no longer relevant.  [ send green star]
 
 March 28, 2005 10:43 PM

a related post:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=1141&pst=49344&archival=

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 March 28, 2005 11:02 PM

aaah thanks for the link to the other post Freediver. i am all for it. Human Rights are still being violated in this country, AI has an action plan here! Kids need to know so they can prevent it from happening again. i am originally from Germany and grew up with the horrors of the post war, the guilt and shame of the crimes that had been committed by Hitler and his followers. it was hammered into my brains to never ever let anything like that happen again.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
available to all kids? March 28, 2005 11:26 PM

I know that several years ago that in some country schools and possibly some city schools too only aboriginal kids attended the classes in Aboriginal Culture. I think it is important to teach it to all children as there is enough division as it is.

One problem that could occur is the fact that the white man desimated the Aborigines so this could add to the divide between the races.

I know in Scotland we still bear resentment against the English for our lost battles and massacres( This is only part in jest as some people take history too much to heart and act like it happened yesterday)

I have friends who were part of the stolen generation and most of them do want recognition for what happened to them and what they lost.

There is also a problem with all history as it tends to be recorded by the victors who obviously have a biased view of the events.

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available to all kids? March 28, 2005 11:26 PM

I know that several years ago that in some country schools and possibly some city schools too only aboriginal kids attended the classes in Aboriginal Culture. I think it is important to teach it to all children as there is enough division as it is.

One problem that could occur is the fact that the white man desimated the Aborigines so this could add to the divide between the races.

I know in Scotland we still bear resentment against the English for our lost battles and massacres( This is only part in jest as some people take history too much to heart and act like it happened yesterday)

I have friends who were part of the stolen generation and most of them do want recognition for what happened to them and what they lost.

There is also a problem with all history as it tends to be recorded by the victors who obviously have a biased view of the events.

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