Really good to hear the push to ensure New Zealand history is taught in the country’s schools in a coherent manner has paid off, with the prime minister announcing changes to the curriculum yesterday.
We so often take events of the past for granted and forget that much of what we experience today reflects what happened yesterday.
The only note of caution I would mention is for the curriculum developers to remember that while it is very important that our children are taught the history of our island nation (because it is integral to the formation of identity) it is also the case that the current generation and future generations are (and will be) connected to the world as never before.
So it is important that important world events of the past form part of the study programme for the young students of our multi-cultural nation.
If you don’t know what Neoliberalism is and where it came from overseas, you have no idea that we once had a very differenty economic system that was dramatically changed in 1984 and consequences we live with as a result .
Magna Carta and Mao Tse-Tung, for example, may also be distant names from the past but they too, in a very real sense , are part of our everyday life in the rule of law, and understanding our largest trading partner.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.