This is what happens when you tell lies about our history for political purposes.
Even for "good" reasons and apparently worthy causes.
This naive child no doubt honestly believes that her rather badly written essay actually depicts the truth about the normal state of affairs in Queensland and elsewhere in Australia.
(And seriously, in terms of the quality of the writing, this was the best piece produced? If so, it is another indicator of just how the standard of education received by kids these days has gone down. Plus, as an indicator of how too much schooling these days consists of indoctrination in fashionable causes, apparently three of the other five essays were global warming doomsday scenarios. Maybe if they had learnt some real geology and not ersatz "environmental studies" they would have had some idea as to just how unlikely such doom mongering is!)
I suppose it is necessary to labour what should be obvious, but may be missed. None of this is to deny that aboriginal people suffered because of dispossession and continue to suffer the effects of dispossession.
But what kind of debauched and dishonest version of our history has been taught to children where they can produce such factually absurd rubbish?
Andrew BoltMonday, June 29, 2009 at 12:18pm
How should students celebrate Queensland’s 150th birthday? Well, how about we get them to write something creative, and then reward those who imagine the state as its most violent, racist worst?
So here’s the competition launched by the Department of Education and Training. And here’s excerpts from the winning essay for years 11 and 12:
Happy birthday, Queensland! You’ve taught your children to be so grateful for ... for…