Chris Maisano remembers the days of full employment:

In one telling anecdote from the period, an assembly-line worker at GM who skipped work nearly every Monday is confronted by his foreman. When asked why he only worked four days a week, the worker replied: “Because I can’t make a living working three days.” Who would have the audacity to say that today?

These days we can’t even knock off when we’re supposed to: “The average full-time worker is doing six hours of unpaid overtime each week”. Happy Go Home on Time Day.

Last week the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs declared that pre-1788 Australia was “nothing but bush”, and the European arrivals “must have thought they’d come almost to the Moon”. Unfortunately it seems history education at VCE level is taking a similar approach, as Elizabeth Muldoon and Gary Foley point out:

Koorie [H]istory will be cut due to declining enrolments. This leaves the one-year Australian history course as the only way for Victorian students to study Australian indigenous history in their final two years of secondary school. …

Other aspects of the [Australian History] study design that erase indigenous perspectives from Australian history include its timeframe. Although there is no shortage of historical scholarship and indigenous knowledge of pre-1788 Australia, it presents Australian history as beginning with British invasion.

Also concerning is its use of the euphemism “settlement” to stand for “colonisation” or “invasion”.

Muldoon and Foley have previously criticised the K-10 Australian Curriculum for its poor treatment of Indigenous histories.

I’m enjoying Space Age on the iPad. Elevator pitch: an old-fashioned adventure game; Zelda meets The Dig.

Inspired by Virginia’s new blog, Articulint, I’ve decided to start blogging again. Let’s see how long it lasts.