Dreamtime cut from curriculum

March 4th 2010 - ABC


Mervyn Firebrace
Aboriginal Storyteller in UK School

The study of Aboriginal Dreamtime stories will be removed from the science component of the new national curriculum.

The Federal Opposition has already criticised the draft curriculum for placing too much emphasis on Indigenous history.

However, the head of the team that put the draft together, Professor Barry McGaw, says he was not aware of the reference in the proposed science curriculum for year four students.

Professor McGaw says the sentence will be removed.

"One of the references in an elaboration and idea for teachers in the science curriculum was to introduce the Dreamtime as a description of the origin of things, and that is not a matter of science," Professor McGaw said.

"It's quite a proper topic for discussion, but not in a science curriculum as part of science."

The draft curriculum was released for public comment on Monday March 1 ahead of its introduction next year.

It covers the teaching of english, maths, science and history in all Australian schools from kindergarten to year 10.