- Jul 20, 2007
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24487083-421,00.htmlTony Abbott says Australians should learn about British history
October 13, 2008 10:16am
Article from: AAP
OPPOSITION frontbencher Tony Abbott wants school students to study more British history, saying Britain has shaped the world and should get the credit for it.
- Britain shaped the world, says Tony Abbott
- Says students should know where we came from
- History lessons for all kids from kindy up
The National Curriculum Board today will release a draft curriculum which places a greater focus on world events in history classes.
Mr Abbott said he was in favour of world history but said the focus should be on Britain.
"People have got to know where we came from, they've got to know about the ideas that shaped the modern world, and in a very significant sense, the modern world has been made in England," he said in Canberra.
"I think (the curriculum) needs to be history that pays credit where it's due."
"We are a product of western civilisation, in particular we are a product of English-speaking civilisation."
History classes should start with the history of the Jews, then move on to the Greeks and Romans, then the history of Britain, Mr Abbott said.
Mr Abbott, the shadow indigenous affairs minister, did not mention Aboriginal or Asian history.
When asked specifically about Aboriginal history, Mr Abbott said that could be studied too.
"That's a part of it, sure, but if you want to understand modern Australia, you've got to understand world history," he said.
When asked about Asian history, he said that was important, but it was important to know where we came from.