Andrew BoltÂ â€“Â
First Climate Change Minister Penny Wong offers children prizes to write an essay on ”what climate change means to me”. Now this:Â
(Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care) Marxine McKew wants toÂ train toddlers and pre-school children to become political activists.Â
She has drafted her controversial Early Years Learning Framework which, if adopted, would cover all kindergartens, childcare centres and other early childhood settings….She wants children to:
CONTRIBUTE in a meaningful way to reconciliation, including flying the Aboriginal flag and inviting elders to give talks.
USE “social inclusion puppets” and “persona dolls” to explore exclusion and ethical issues…
ASSESS and act on power dynamics as they get older.
Teaching children to simply be nice and treat others as you’d wish to be treated yourself should cover all the ethnical teaching a pre-schooler needs. The rest is propagandising, and McKew should be ashamed of herself. That totalitarian instinct should be resisted, not indulged.