Dark Emu should be removed from school: Minister of Education


Federal Minister of Education Alan Tudge said Bruce Pasco’s book “Dark Emu” should not be taught to school children.

Published in 2014, Dark Emu claims that indigenous Australians were not just hunter-gatherers, but actually sophisticated farmers.

The validity of the claim has been since brought Despite being questioned by experts, the book still enjoys its support and popularity.

“If they are [Dark Emu books] It is in the library and is offered to children as the truth and should be removed. ” Tudge said 2GB radio.

Tudge said people should not reinvent history in books like the Dark Emu and properly teach indigenous history.

“It has a lot of traction because I think it’s suitable for a leftist story, and so it went into an educational institution,” he said. “Before Europeans arrive in this country, we need to properly teach the history of indigenous peoples as a very rich and vibrant culture.”

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Part of National Reconciliation Week 2016, this installation helps Australians reflect Australia’s national identity and the historical and cultural position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders in Australian stories. (William West via Getty Images / AFP)

In this book, experts such as anthropologist Peter Sutton and archaeologist Kerin Walsh criticized Dark Emu, causing controversy and debate about the history and culture of indigenous peoples. My book..

Sutton and Walche criticized Dark Emu for being full of false information without archaeological evidence.

“”[Dark Emu is] Scattered without sources, poorly researched, distorted and exaggerated many points, selectively emphasized evidence that fits those opinions, and ignored large amounts of information that did not support the author’s opinion. “They wrote.

In response to criticism Pasco wrote In Good Weekend, he said he welcomed “discussion and disagreement to facilitate this important investigation of our history.”

Pasco also reveals his ideology, stating that he wants to rebel against society, question the legitimacy of the world, and doubt the legitimacy of the world, claiming that it will lead to a safer world. I made it.

“We don’t have to be suspicious of making us inaction, but it’s like stimulating a generous thirst for investigation,” he writes. Editorial In the guardian.

Indigenous commentator Anthony Dillon writes in an editorial that Dark Emu will not lose its popularity as long as political correctness, identity politics, and cancel culture flourish.

“But within a few years, the Dark Emu will be seen as an attempt to win support (and sales) by presenting what it is, the Aboriginal people as a brown version of the Europeans.” Dillion said.

Rebecca Chu