Bob Carr and other history buffs say more focus should be on teaching Australian history because its less complicated than World History. “You’d be able to knock off Dreamtime in half an hour” he said at a national summit in Sydney this week.
Keith Windschuttle wants to see less focus on Dreamtime and more time spent examining the Countdown Years (1974 – 1987).
All attending the summit agree that the Australian focus will remove the need to remember so many dates (1066, 1812, 1861 etc) and the names of all evil tyrants over the years (Gengis Khan, Stalin, Mussolini, Philip Ruddock).
Bob Carr said there’s been a few wars, some major infrastructure projects (The Snowy Mountain Scheme, the Big Banana, Leyland Brothers World) and a few significant cultural moments (Charlene’s wedding, the release of movies like Alvin Purple and Barry MacKenzie), but he doesn’t see why this couldn’t all be knocked off in an afternoon.
Windschuttle wants some moments from Australian history eradicated from the record books – like the alleged genocide of aborigines in Tasmania and England claiming the Ashes in 2005.