Perspectives from history teachers
“Nineteenth-century New Zealand, or English Tudors.”
Graeme Ball recalls those as the two choices when it came to teaching history in the 1980s, noting how little emphasis there was on our own backyard.
Ball, who chairs the New Zealand History Teachers’ Association, hopes to challenge and confront ill-informed narratives as the organisation pushes forward with kaupapa to recognise colonial history in the New Zealand curriculum.
History teachers across the nation have informed the proposed curriculum with the intention that students have a sound understanding of three key topics once they leave school:
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