Australian culture has always been influenced by imported cultural products, and indeed has been largely built on selective adoption of overseas cultural practices. According to Brad Baker (2006), most Australians have little or no knowledge of the role that Christianity has played in the shaping of this nation and it is our opportunity, if not our responsibility, to raise their awareness and hopefully in the process their respect, for what has been a very complex struggle that continues today and will continue well into our future.
One of the effects of fading away of Australian heritages is the falling of educational standard in Australia. According
to ABC News updated on November 15, 2011, a new report shows Australian students are not performing as well as
they used to compare to their international peers. The annual progress report for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) says despite some improvements having been made in literacy and numeracy in schools, students are slipping behind internationally, especially in comparison with China. The report says more Australians are among the lowest performing students internationally, while fewer are top performers. According to the news, the chief executive of the Grattan Institute, John Daley, says evidence of the falling grades of Australian students should act as a “wake-up call”. Many of the commentators to the news suggested that the falling standard of education in Australia could be linked to
lack of quality teachers, inadequate funding to the schools and moral decadence in the society which could be attributed to stoppage of moral education which is one of the Australian heritages in Australian public schools.
ABC News (updated on November 15, 2011). Australian students falling behind world Standards.
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