15 January 2007

100 minutes of history a week for years 8 to 10

According to News.com.austudents in years 8 to 10 will be taught history for 200 hours (at 100 minutes a week), if a recommendation from a panel of experts to Education Minister Julie Bishop is adopted.

As a former history teacher I'm not averse to the idea in principle but I'd like to see more detail, and perhaps to question the methodology which, in the hands of teachers who don't have a feel for the subject, may be counterproductive and cause students to switch off.

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