Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he wants "Australia to become the most Asia-literate country in the Western world". He has committed to a vision that the people of Australia have the knowledge, skills, values and understanding they need to fulfill themselves, to live in and contribute effectively to a global society and to work in a global economy.
Australian students in the future will require skills, knowledge and understanding related to the Asian region in order to meet the challenges and opportunities of living and working in the twenty-first century.
What implication does this vision have for secondary schools in Australia?
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A comprehensive teaching of world religions in religious schools would also bring the benefits of increasing the understanding and knowledge of the particular tradition of the school if taught parallel with the above mentioned world religions.
The teaching of world religions more comprehensively would also play a helping hand in creating an inclusive environment, one that values and respects diversity, equity and subsidiarity and actively engages with and supports the marginalised and disenfranchised within Australian communities.
According to the Bureau of Statistics, Australia has a growing population of those arriving from the Asian region for many differing reasons. Through the teaching of world religions, students in Australian students would develop a heightened awareness and compassion for the marginalized in their communities of those migrating from the Asian region due to hardships. Also an awareness of other cultures and traditions that are changing the face of Australian society through globalization may also help prevent such attacks as presented in The Mercury (26-05-2008) of an Indian student bashed in a racially motivated attack on Hobart’s waterfront.
Therefore, as stated by the Hon Julia Gillard MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, 'It is impossible to...