It seems like the Ministry of Education is always looking at ways to revise the school curriculum. As you open the morning paper, this year doesn’t seem to be any different. They have just announced that they will be revising the history curriculum this time, looking specifically at what is being taught about the nation’s history. You’ve always liked history so you are interested to see what they wan to revise. Isn’t history what happened in the past? What is there to revise?
As you look more closely at the newspaper article, you read that the Ministry head has claimed, “History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left.” He proposes that the traditional, nationalistic story of the nation’s founding be emphasized, eliminating much discussion about minority participation in the founding.
A lot of your neighbors agree that school history curricula should teach students about how great the country is and how it was founded. Others, specifically historians and other academics, are arguing against these changes. They say that the changes skew history and hide the problems and issues that the country has faced.
A school board meeting has been scheduled so that community members might respond to the proposed changes.