Principals deny curriculum bias claims

AUSTRALIAN principals have hit-back at claims school curriculums have been hijacked by left-wing ideologues. Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA) president Andrew Blair said Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop was taking a populist position that would not help children.

He attacked suggestions there should be a greater emphasis on literacy and numeracy. “Is that going to prepare kids for the 21st century where we have new forms of numeracy and literacy? I doubt it,” he said. But Mr Blair welcomed a debate on whether Australia should have a national curriculum.

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