‘The “basic” curriculum, with its reduced focus on narrow conceptions of literacy and numeracy, is at the expense of a broad and rich Australian curriculum. Education is a social good, a mechanism for social justice and a vehicle for social mobility.
‘We run a significant risk that the divide between the haves and have-nots will widen even further through the “back to basics” approach advocated. The private sector will offer an enriched curriculum whereas the public sector will provide a second-tier “basic” focus.
‘It is questionable whether a “dumbed down” curriculum of this ilk can offer the complexity required to address Australia’s needs as we progress in the 21st century.’