No Significant Change Expected in the History Curriculum
There will not be any radical changes to the content and any additional content will be in line with what currently exists. Ministry of Education Report on the submissions to the Draft Curriculum for Year 1-10 students
The History Draft for Year 1-10 students came out in February and almost four months was allowed for submissions. But unfortunately this has proved to be a case of paying lip service to the process of public consultation, with no intention of making any significant adjustments to the document.
The draft, as many submitters and critics pointed out, was a highly flawed, uneven proposal riddled with factual errors and saturated with references to Maori history, heritage, tradition and knowledge. There were also serious omissions in the content, skills and understandings to be covered. But the Ministry didn’t want to know.
In line with their underlying maorification policy, the Ministry of Education is unashamedly undertaking a revision of all school curricula with a clear mission: to honour our past and obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. There is no intention of providing objectivity, honesty and balance in the interests of students who are 85% non-Maori, while the rest are part-Maori with a significant amount of colonist blood coursing through their veins.
Maori activists bent on indoctrinating our young people
The Ministry has been captured by Maori bureaucrats and academics, and their fellow travellers, and has the full backing of the Labour Government. The curriculum developers are empowered to carry out a key element of the He Puapua programme - to “maorify” New Zealand society on the road to joint Crown – Maori government by 2040.
The Proposed History Curriculum for children aged 5 to 15 is a classic example of social engineering and indoctrination designed to win over the kids to the cause of increasing separatism and growing Maori power in New Zealand. It is based on the long established principle of moulding compliant adult citizens by starting early.
A 16th century Jesuit and a 20th American psychologist have summed it up:
- St. Francis Xavier: Give me the child until he is seven and I'll give you the man. (A quote also attributed to Greek philosopher Aristotle.)
- B F Skinner: Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything.
There was a general sense of enthusiasm and support for the draft curriculum content from both the education sector and the public. Report on the submissions.
There were over 5000 responses:
- 4491 using an online survey (See more detail below.)
- 488 in depth submissions
- 168 learner surveys
- 90 workshops. (Mainly organised by iwi and hapu.)
- Does the draft curriculum content reflect us as a nation?
- What is most important to you?
- What are the challenges in implementing this curriculum change?
From all the submissions the final report identified five positive messages:
- There was general support for the content.
- Many saw a strong connection between the content and their identity, culture, and citizenship.
- People were supportive of bringing Māori histories to the forefront of the content alongside other histories.
- Getting together with hapū and iwi was seen as a positive step in the right direction, but resourcing and support would be needed.
- There was acknowledgement that schools would have to play a significant role in determining whether or not the implementation is successful.
So any significant changes likely?
No, they won’t be allowed! The report made this extraordinary statement:
There will not be any radical changes to the content and any additional content will be in line with what currently exists.
So the He Puapua train will roll on. The huge emphasis in the draft curriculum on Maori history, culture and knowledge is fine. After all, as the report concludes: The draft curriculum content has been developed to reflect the significance of Māori histories in New Zealand and to honour te Tiriti o Waitangi and the partnership between the Crown and tangata whenua.
(So the final draft will have no surprises and will be published later in October, for use in schools in 2022. The Ministry will also release the final draft of Te Takanga o Te Wā (Māori history)).
Roger Childs is a retired teacher who taught History, Social Studies and Geography for 40 years.