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    Default Does Anyone Question What Their Children Learn at School?

    Not sure if 'question' is the right word for the title...couldn't think what else to write, sorry.

    My son came home from school yesterday and proceeded to tell me all about his lessons. He learnt that an entire creed/race of Tasmanian Aborigines were decimated here. Further DNA testing revealed that the race truly was 100% decimated, with no strain of those aborigines alive today. He was also taught that this is the only known case in WORLD HISTORY of an entire race being decimated - completely. Sure, Hitler would have like to and tried, and apparently there have been one or two races in Asia and India who came close, but total deciamtion didn't occur. There were survivors.

    Has anyone heard about this?
    I kind of want to go to school with him next week to learn all about this and have heaps of questions for his teachers, but he said he'd die of embarrassment! Sigh.

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    No haven't heard about this, but do wish the kids would learn more about Australian history.

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    you could go to the teacher and ask them for the text they are teaching from, then read it at home.

    It does sound sad but interesting though.

    About Australian history, I really don't think I learnt much of it at school, really only what came in the standard text book. Only when took history as elective in highschool did it get a bit more indepth.

    Did anyone know that alot of Aboriginals married Asian and Afghan Muslims back from the 1600s and the time of building of the Ghan line.
    Last edited by rebec; 02-12-2010 at 10:29 AM. Reason: eta i left out the word text

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    No, I didn't know that Rebec. That sounds interesting too.

    Good point, I will either call the school or send a note in with my son so he doesn't find old Mum embarrassing! I really would like to know about all this. So many ppl learn things about other countries and races etc, but fail to learn much about our own, I agree MAC.

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    Look...I think we SHOULD question what our children learn at school and what is being said to them.

    I will tell you a story. Benjamnin went to a Christian school in year 2. They had a teacher there who was really into all the christian stuff. In one class she told the pupils...if you are g_ay...you will go to hell!!! Here was a little girl...she knew her uncle was g_ay and she broke down completely!!!

    I think we should question them about what they teach our children...but more so...we should question them what they do not teach our children.

    Some older style teacher are still stuck in the 70's and 80's...sorry to tell them...this is not the 70's and 80's anymore. Get with the program...update your skills so they fit childrens society as it is RIGHT now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Look...I think we SHOULD question what our children learn at school and what is being said to them.

    I will tell you a story. Benjamnin went to a Christian school in year 2. They had a teacher there who was really into all the christian stuff. In one class she told the pupils...if you are g_ay...you will go to hell!!! Here was a little girl...she knew her uncle was g_ay and she broke down completely!!!

    I think we should question them about what they teach our children...but more so...we should question them what they do not teach our children.

    Some older style teacher are still stuck in the 70's and 80's...sorry to tell them...this is not the 70's and 80's anymore. Get with the program...update your skills so they fit childrens sociaty as it is RIGHT now.
    I agree in many ways. However, if children go to a private school that is of a religious base, then yeah, they are going to be taught that. It's bull****, as I don't believe in heaven or hell.

    If I have a problem with my children being taught something, or participating in something I don't agree with, I have always spoken with the schools and have found them to be very respecful of my decisions.

    I must say that my eldest son has not liked a few teachers in the past year or so because of the 60's attitude. He said the same words you have - get with the program! Lol. Can certainly relate to where you are coming from.

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    My OH went to a private school and the only church thing he is go to church once a week. Not all private schools push the churchy thing onto your kids.

    They mainly push sport.

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    Your OH is lucky, Peta. The religious education in the Catholic schools here is extreme compared to that.

    My sons both got removed (relocated) when RE took place, as the teacher couldn't or wouldn't answer their questions. My eldest got sent out for falling asleep, too. Lol.

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    LOL, We did RE in primary school. The only good thing about the class was that we woud get a lollies for being good from the RE teacher

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    PMSL@lollies. It was all worth it then. Quit with making me laugh, I'm still trying to recover from the humped Chewy!

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