Peta-Kaye Croft on Learning from One Another

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 08:23 MXEW of Seoul Letters - Letters and Replies

I have received a reply from Peta-Kaye Croft, MP of QLD Gov Edu Dept about my letter to Jason O'brien, MP QLD.  Quite a read. 


Dear Mr O'Brien 

Thank you for your personal representations dated 2 September 2010 on behalf of Mr MXEW of Seoul regarding the text Learning from One Another - Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools. The Honourable Geoff Wilson MP, Minister for Education and Training, has - asked me to respond to you on his behalf.

Learning from One Another - Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools is a joint publication of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA), the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (NCEIS) and the Myer Foundation. ACSA is an education association supporting the professional interests of educators in curriculum work. NCEIS is a consortium of the University of Melbourne, Griffith University and the University of Westem Sydney, which aims to promote understanding of Islam and Muslims.

The Myer Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that proVides support to a range of educational initiatives.

The text Learning from One Another - Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools is a reference book or resource for teachers, not an education policy or syllabus. In Queensland, the Department of Education and Training does not endorse or mandate the use of any specific books or resources in state schools. Decisions about these matters are the responsibility of individual state school principals and school communities.

Students attending Education Queensland schools are provided with a curriculum based on syllabuses developed by the Queensland Studies Authority, which can be accessed online at Using these syllabuses, Queensland schools devise school curriculum programs appropriate to local contexts. Teachers then make decisions about how topics are to be studied in their classrooms and the resources that are to be used.

In Queensland's state schools, the teaching of a range of perspectives on culture and identity is core in Years 1 to 9 through the subject Studies of Society and Environment. Teachers may use reference books for background information so as to present students with a range of perspectives on an historical events, significant artwork, or other common curriculum topics.

Queensland state schools embrace a range of secular and non-secular beliefs and encourage students to develop as individuals. State schools also support religious diversity and avoid promoting any particular set of beliefs in preference to another.

Should you require further information, I invite you to contact Ms Marcia Rouen, Principal Education Officer, Teaching and Learning, by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on telephone (07) 3237 1688.

I trust this information will assist your reply to Mr MXEW's representations.

Yours Sincerely

Peta-Kaye Croft
Parliamentary Secretary for Education