"Stop revering James Cook!"

That’s not quite how he puts it, but producer/director, John Mulders, was motivated to make a film, called: " 1606 and 1770 A Tale of Two Discoveries ", to add to our knowledge of how the Europeans found Australia.
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My interest?
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Also born in the Netherlands, like John Mulders, (The names not too dissimilar: My original Dutch name: Johannes M. Mul.) and for getting-on-to 10 years, now, quite involved with Dutch-Australian matters, I am happy to help make those (we) so-called “Invisible Dutch-Australians” (often praised for ‘assimilating’ so well) more visible.
But also, alarm bells ring when explanations start with: “Well. At school, the children are taught_……………………(_the wrong things, like, blah, blah, blah, )……………. .” (Often stated without proof.)

When I started teaching, in primary schools, here, in Sydney, in 1964, there were ‘mandatory’ text books (e.g., Together in Social Studies. Effective Social Studies).
And the pupils ‘learnt stories’, which they had to remember, for testing later. So that the community could be shown that the children were ‘learning’.
But – for a long time now – also young students (pupils) have been taught research skills, in order to evaluate information and absorb what they can, at their stage of development.
“1606 and 1770 A Tale of Two Discoveries”, will certainly help students look into a perspective on part of the history of Australia.
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I have not strayed across those ‘shock-jock’ ‘open-line’, ‘talk-back radio’ programs,
………where, in my opinion, when ‘news’ was a bit slow, the hosts would engage in a bit of “teacher-bashing”, knowing that parents (I know what it’s like.) are touchy about handing over their children to other adults, who may not always provide the same perspectives on life, that they have modelled for their kids……… for a long time now, but I don’t believe that these programs were the best source of accurate information either.
I wonder how often a topic would have been raised by starting with: “When Captain Cook discovered Australia……….”
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So…..whether the youth of today (“still”) believe that it was only Captain James Cook, who showed non-Aborigines where to find Australia, or whether they now have a more comprehensive understanding of the process, again I cry: “1606 and 1770 A Tale of Two Discoveries”, will certainly help students look into a perspective on part of the history of Australia.
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