Helen Clark was at Hutt Valley High School yesterday to launch the new New Zealand school curriculum and with much fanfare did so.
The Dominion Post reports
The Treaty of Waitangi - dumped from a draft curriculum just months ago then reinstated after protest - is to become a guiding principle in the way New Zealand children are taught.
It will join reading and writing as core subjects, along with issues such as ecological sustainability and climate change.
They are key parts of a new curriculum launched yesterday in the first complete overhaul since its introduction in 1993.
Ms Clark's speech contains all the usual platitudes of the secular left
That vision sees young people being confident, well connected, active participants in society, and becoming life long learners. (We all share that vision - Andrei)
To realise that vision, the curriculum is based on clear principles. It supports, for example, high expectations for students, inclusion of all, the acknowledgement and valuing of our nation’s bicultural foundation and our current diversity, and a focus on the big issues of the future.
The curriculum is also underpinned by clear values. Students are encouraged to value excellence; to think critically, creatively, and reflectively; and to value fairness, diversity, participation, sustainability, and integrity.
And all this really is is the religion of secular leftism writ large. Although the ideals of free and independent thought are paid lip service, in reality a lot of this curricular seems to be pure propaganda.
And of course it is easy to see that special interest groups have all had a finger in the pie in developing this document - each one ensuring that their particular agenda is catered for.
Michael Drake has kindly sent me Carey College's view on the new curriculum. Alas the points raised in this document will not get a wide airing. For although we hear a lot of blather about multiculturalism and diversity, there is one cultural heritage not considered worthy of too much consideration That is the Judeo-Christian heritage shared by the majority of New Zealanders. And which underpins our society, even secular leftism itself.
But by a postmodern rewriting of history, that heritage has become an embarrassment.