ECAJ submission to Australian Curriculum Review Consultation

July 8th, 2021

To download this submission in PDF format, please click here.

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has lodged a submission with the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in response to ACARA’s Australian Curriculum Review Consultation.  The submission:

  • highlights the increase in the number and severity of incidents of racially and religiously based bullying and abuse at certain public schools involving Jewish students as young as five years of age.
  • calls for students to be educated to recognise and challenge specific forms of prejudice and extremism from the beginning of school, with reinforcement at appropriate points in the curriculum to Year 10.
  • calls for students to learn to self-reflect about their own prejudices, and on the destructive effects of prejudice both in Australia and in other parts of the world, both historically and in contemporary society.
  • recommends that the Digital Literacy general capability address and challenge cyber bullying and online forms of racism, specifically including antisemitism, and instil respectful practices online.
  • makes specific recommendations along the above lines for inclusion in the curriculum.

The ECAJ gratefully acknowledges the valuable input of educators and other stakeholders with whom it consulted.  The full submission can be read here.

Peter Wertheim | Co-CEO
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