I took History as an elective in High School.** Not because I'm particularly interested in history, but because the alternatives (typing/woodwork/geography) were even less interesting to me. Because I moved schools at the beginning of Grade 10, I ended up taking "Australian History" twice.
This is what I remember from those classes: We spent weeks talking about the political and social climate that lead to the Eureka Stockade, and much time talking about the colonisation of the country. In contrast, I remember only a day or so spent on the, oh 40,000
years of pre-white history. Admittedly a lot of written Australian History is white history written by white men about white men, but still... On a related note, I believe the discussion of the Kanakas*** brought to Australia as indentured labour was quite short - maybe 15 minutes - and while we discussed "the Chinese" who came to Australia during the Gold Rush, the tendency was to classify "the Chinese" as a single entity.
I hope things are better for kids at school in Australia today. If I'd actually gotten to learn stuff in class, instead of it being whitewashed all about the white man, I might have been more interested.*I stole the title from this article.
**In the 80s in NSW and Queensland.
***Yeah, Kanakas is the word that was in my textbook and everything.
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