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Australia is warned it will become a 'nation of cretins' as education minister slams curriculum revamp for teaching times tables at age 9 and 'unbalanced' Indigenous history Alan Tudge said it was good to include more emphasis on Indigenous history However, he expressed concern the draft failed to strike the right balance Mr Tudge also slammed a proposal to teach times tables at an older age 

By Alana Mazzoni For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

Published: 08:22 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 08:22 BST, 1 May 2021

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Australia's education minister has raised concerns proposed changes to the national curriculum focus too heavily on Indigenous history at the expense of western culture.

Under draft changes, students would learn how European colonisation was experienced by Indigenous people as an invasion, which critics said risked turning Australia into a 'nation of cretins'.

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Education Minister Alan Tudge said it was good to include more emphasis on Indigenous history but expressed concern the draft failed to strike the right balance.

Mr Tudge did acknowledge it is 'particularly pleasing' to see mathematics standards lifted in the draft however he slammed a proposal to teach times tables at an older age

Mr Tudge did acknowledge it is 'particularly pleasing' to see mathematics standards lifted in the draft however he slammed a proposal to teach times tables at an older age

'We should honour our Indigenous history and teach that well,' the federal education minister told Sky News.

'But equally that should not come at the expense of dishonouring our western heritage which has made us the liberal democracy we are today.

'We have to get the balance right and I'm concerned that we haven't in the draft that's been put out.' 

University of Queensland professor Kenneth Wiltshire slammed the proposed changes, and said the body responsible should be abolished.

'We will create a ­nation of cretins awash in a world where they have no understanding of the history of civilisation, human thought, human philosophy, values, or principles which have produced lessons to be ­acknowledged by all societies,' he told The

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