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The deadline for submissions has been EXTENDED to THIS FRIDAY, 14 March 2014.
As you'll see below, it is EASY to make a short submission.
Please do it TODAY (or tomorrow at the latest!)
Click here to make a submission - more info on making a submission is BELOW
We've sent out by email a very helpful overview by Pastor Brian Robertson, which outlines some of the key areas you could mention. PLEASE use your OWN words!
Several of Brian's points relate to including Christianity in the curriculum:
Other points are:
* Christian heritage and curriculum 'priorities'
A number of Christian organisations have called for the National Curriculum to include information on Australia’s Christian heritage. We support that call.
According to a report in The Australian, the largest group of independent Christian schools, Christian Schools Australia (CSA), has ‘called for the national curriculum to be “rebalanced” by including a fourth cross-curriculum priority about Australia’s Western heritage and its Judeo-Christian influences. They supported the current three priorities of “Asia, indigenous culture and sustainability”.
See article: Christian schools eye ‘rebalance’, The Australian, 10/3/2014.
Read the CSA submission - click here.
We have concerns about having ‘Priorities’ of this kind, since it means schools have to try and include all the ‘Priorities’ in every curriculum area! As Ros Phillips of FamilyVoice said, "It is ridiculous to require indigenous and Asian studies in maths and physical education. These concepts should be taught in relevant disciplines such as history and geography. The curriculum is over-crowded, and abolishing the alleged ‘priorities’ would allow much-needed flexibility.”
FamilyVoice also highlight the need for a greater focus on reading and literacy with an emphasis on phonics to help children learn sounds and words.
Read Family Voice's Media Release.
* Sex education
Another area of concern is the 'comprehensive sex education' curriculum. We believe it should promote abstinence and fidelity in marriage. It should not include information on other 'sexualities' such as homosexuality. FamilyVoice have also expressed serious concerns about the content of 'comprehensive sex education' in the curriculum.
The sex education curriculum should continue to be approved by the local school Council - and parents should be fully informed about the content of the sex education curriculum and have the RIGHT to withdraw their child from sex education classes.
Having a National Curriculum that is politically approved and motivated is fraught with problems. What happened to education being REALLY rounded and balanced?
It is EASY to make a submission - Click here for the online submission form.
Fill in your details. Then use the TEXT BOX provided - for submissions of less than 400 words - or attach (upload) a document (Word, pdf) if you want to make a LONGER submission.
The actual URL for the form is https://submissions.deewr.gov.au/Forms/AustralianCurriculum/pages/form
For ideas on what to say, please read Pastor Brian Robertson's points, and the FamilyVoice media release.
Please write your submission in your OWN WORDS!
Multiculturalism’s Child Brides, Mark Durie, 26/2/2014.
Recent reports of under-age marriages in Australia are evidence that the authorities need to do more to enforce marriage laws in Western nations, and in particular to restrict the practice of unregistered ‘clandestine’ religious marriages, particularly Islamic marriages.
They are posted BELOW.
They will be posted on the Australian Christian Values Institute’s website on MONDAY.
If you have Christian friends in SA or Tasmania you might like to send them a copy – as well as the other information we provided this week.
Click here for our Tasmanian and SA election webpage which includes all that information.
UPDATE: A SECOND Edition of the Tasmanian Christian Values Checklist has been released.
Two state elections will be held on Saturday 15 March, 2014 – Tasmania and South Australia.
In Tasmania, the election is ONLY for the House of Assembly – in South Australia it is for BOTH the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council.
We've just published an 'Election webpage' for these elections (on our Issues/Politics page).