Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Indigenous Language Push for Schools Sparks Debate

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Indigenous Language Push for Schools Sparks Debate

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Get priorities right

GIVE us a break! Schools don't teach much more than a token of our own history Co the settlement and development of this great nation; nor are they taught about the history of Europe which was the cradle for our nation. I agree more history needs to be taught but there are far more important aspects than this.

davo12 from Mooloolaba

Aborigines here first

WE should learn their language, they were here first, not the Japanese or Italians or French or Germans.

coastres72 from Maroochydore

English good enough

WHY do you need to communicate in Aboriginal languages when your needs can be met in English? And most can only speak English anyway.

tonyryan from Maroochydore

Thumbs up to plan

IT would be great if the primary school curriculum required local indigenous history to be taught as a subject for at least one year. As well as some fundamentals of the language, this subject could teach kids about local geography, social structure, laws, customs, diet, land management and other aspects of life from the indigenous perspective. …

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