"The school children-- Australia-wide- must be taught the truth about the events that preceded settlement in 1788 instead of the myths concocted by the colonisers."

I question that statement, on page 13, of the current Holland Focus magazine, that “The school children— Australia-wide- must be taught the truth about the events that preceded settlement in 1788 instead of the myths concocted by the colonisers.”
No!
School children – Australia-wide- must be taught how to SEEK OUT the FACTS and be taught the skills to assess the validity of the information found.
“De beste stuurlui staan aan wal,” ( it says on a Delft blue tile that my aunt brought to me, here in Sydney, from Gouda, in 1974.) (Literally translated: The best navigators stand on the shore. They think they know it all but couldn’t actually carry it out themselves.)
Let teachers teach pupils SKILLS.
When shock-jocks first came on air, in Sydney, many, many years ago (Dear old Eric Baume. Good old John Pearce) I accidentally listened to them, stirring up the dear listeners, working on their feelings about having to hand over the education of their children to the professionals. And they would claim that schools were responsible for fixing all that was wrong with society.
School children – Australia wide – must be taught to find out the truth for themselves!!

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