In our 2013 GIMC report, we explained how the Australian government has long had Islamic education on their radar. The government wishes to establish an Islamic studies curriculum that supports established norms and values. This “Islamic Schooling” conference comes as the government intensifies its intervention in the community. This conference, run by the government-established NCEIS, seems to be part of what was clearly outlined by the government some 10 years ago.
In 2005 Brendan Nelson re-launched the National Framework for Values Education following the London bombings in 2005, outlining the “values” he felt all Australian children should learn. He linked these ‘Australian’ values explicitly to the Anzac narrative of Simpson and his donkey.
He subsequently warned Islamic schools that they must teach Australian values:
“The Islamic Council and the Islamic schools have been working very hard to teach very good values to their children. We want to make sure that not just those schools, but all schools that educate all Australian children, including Islamic children, are focused on Australian values, to make sure that not perhaps just the students, but also the teachers fully understand our values, our beliefs, and the way we relate to one another, and see our place in the world.”
“If you want to be an Australian, if you want to raise your children in Australia, we fully expect those children to be taught and to accept Australian values and beliefs. We want them to understand our history and our culture, the extent to which we believe in mateship and giving another person a fair go, and basically if people don’t want to support and accept and adopt and teach Australian values then, they should clear off.” – Brendan Nelson, August 2005.
The government interference in and dictation to Islamic schools went so far as drawing up a new curriculum for Islamic studies, led by the avowedly secular NCEIS. And it is in this context that this conference should be viewed:
“In collaboration with the leadership and teachers of selected Islamic schools and Muslim peak bodies, the NCEIS will design and develop a Common Curriculum Framework (CFF) for teaching Islamic Studies in Australian Islamic primary and secondary schools. The CCF will help to create discerning students, who are able to differentiate mainstream, traditional Islam from violent extremism. Subjects, such as the Qur’an and Islamic History, will be presented with adherence to traditional principles. Acknowledging Australia’s multicultural context, the CCF will also include a range of new topics which address issues relevant to Muslims in Australia, such as: Islam and the modern state, Islam and women, and Islam and other faiths.”
Allah سبحانه وتعالى indeed spoke the truth when he said in the Qur’an:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ
“O believers, save yourselves and your family from the Hellfire whose fuel is men and stones”
We earlier wrote about guarding your children from the mischief of ideas foreign to Islam and its creed. It can be viewed here.
 Hawley, S. Brendan Nelson addresses Islamic schools on Australian values, ABC’s The World Today, 24 Aug 2005: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2005/s1445094.htm
 ABC News. Govt to enter mosques in anti-terrorism crackdown, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 25 Aug 2005: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2005-08-24/govt-to-enter-mosques-in-anti-terrorism-crackdown/2088186
 Australian Government, Attorney-General’s Department, Victoria, Resilient Communities: http://bit.ly/1bs7Bva
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