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“Mummy, what did YOU do in the history wars?” White teachers decolonising Australian curriculum…and themselves

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posted on 2024-06-25, 05:15 authored by Lucinda McKnightLucinda McKnight
Decolonising the curriculum may be tackled at the most basic of levels, though Brown Band-aid approaches such as attending to representation and voice. These are presented as remedies for racism and the enduring legacies of the colonial theft of country. Decolonisation, in this form, is always already work of recolonising. Instead of locating racism in exteriorities (curriculum, textbooks, school rules, media, students), there have been calls for white teachers, in a feminised and largely middle class profession, to start with the self, through critically reflective professional learning. Instead of assumptions about ‘knowing’ students and understanding ‘blackness’, (processes in which whiteness is normalised), teachers are exhorted to start with understanding their own whiteness and the biases and assumptions that go with it. Instead of aiming for cultural competence, which carries implications of bare functionality, this requires epistemological honesty, a process parallel to the truth-seeking projects in Australia more broadly.

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7

Pagination

107-122

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Routledge

Place of publication

London

Title of book

Decolonising History education: Fresh perspectives from beyond the History wars

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