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.