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What! I wouldn’t believe it, except I have the print-out sitting in my hand. Australian schoolkids in their thousands in the classrooms are being coached to disrespect the national anthem by sitting down through it. The coaching is via the green/Left crowd Cool Australia, founded by Jason Kimberley of the Just Jeans multi-millionaire family.[1] By rich, know that last November Christine and Roger Kimberley sold their Sorrento mansion for $25 million.

Cool Australia is aware its anti-Australian claptrap might make some kids uneasy or upset. I’d put more than half kids in that category – i.e. kids coming from conservative homes, so Cool warns teachers (my emphasis):

“It is important that teachers subtly monitor the welfare and wellbeing of students during this lesson [specifically, on “Invasion Day/Survival Day”] and for a couple of weeks afterward to make sure they are feeling safe and able to cope with the content raised in this lesson.” (Paywalled and for teachers only. [2]

First I’ll give some background on Cool, then I’ll quote its Teacher Guide to getting kids to sit down during the national anthem.

Cool boasts that its overall goal is “active empowered young people”, or for short, kid activists, and certainly not activist for conservative causes like free speech and small government. Here’s more (my emphases):

“Our resources embed environmental, social and economic issues into core subject areas. Cool resources address inequality and the precarious state of our natural world. [The planet and humanity has never been in better shape, absent COVID-19].Our lessons cover climate change, social justice issues, creativity in STEM…and much more. Our action-based pedagogical approach means that kids are enabled to take action on issues that are important to them.”

Education departments, abetted by Labor and the Greens’ militant teachers’ unions, in effect have contracted out a good slice of primary and secondary education to the leftist curriculum experts at Cool. These experts create free, ready-to-go lessons with all the trimmings, neatly collated and referenced to state and federal curricula. Teachers love to download and use the lessons, since this is a damn sight easier than concocting them themselves about topics they know little/nothing about. (Cool says that 76 per cent of teachers find their workload unmanageable, and 45 per cent teach outside their expertise).[3]

The usage of Cool’s lessons is staggering –a word I was trained not to use lightly. At least 8400 of Australia’s total 9000 schools use their lessons, as do 52 per cent of all teachers. Cool says it reached 3.6 million students last year, with lesson downloads more than trebling since 2015. CA claims 9 million hours of teacher prep time saved, and $252 million worth of teacher time saved since inception in 2008. To give the devil his due, 90 per cent of Cool’s material seems positive and valuable. This makes its 10% of propaganda material much more effective.

Cool’s material is pushing against an open classroom door. The annual costs of distributing its material nationwide to schools is a piddling $1.65 millionincluding staff ($0.9 million), IT, offices and overheads.[4] It must be running the most cost-effective mass political campaign in Australian history.

Possibly in homage to last year’s Black Lives Matter riots and looting, Cool has swung its resources into racist indoctrination, by which I mean teaching kids of pink skin to acknowledge and jettison their unwitting “white privilege” and defer socially, culturally and especially politically to the Aboriginal industry. Cool’s previous obsession with asylum seekers as a stick to beat conservative politicians appears to have lost traction these days.

Cool’s race weapon of choice is the propaganda documentary The Final Quarter by Ian Darling, about the alleged race-inspired booing and alleged persecution of Sydney Swans’ Aboriginal star Adam Goodes. The 52 lessons stretch from school years 5 to 12. As if that were not enough, the ABC’s unaccountable education TV service (currently slobbering over fauxboriginal scam artist Bruce Pascoe) offers a comparable array of lessons involving Stan Grant’s lookalike documentary on Goodes, Australian Dream.

In my previous research into Cool and Adam Goodes, I didn’t notice them bringing the term “White Privilege” into play. But now in a single edition of Cool’s “Teacher Preparation” notes (paywalled) I count more than 50 uses of the term “Privilege”. The national anthem is supposedly a manifestation of white privilege. This sit-down lesson starts

Learning intentions: Students…

… understand that privilege can hide within recognised institutions as well as individuals.

… understand the impact that symbols can have on those who don’t experience privilege

… develop the capacity to analyse symbols of oppression and privilege in the world around them

… consider opportunities for challenging privilege at the systemic/symbolic level.


Success criteria:
 Students can…

… identify how symbols, texts or events include and exclude different voices/perspectives.

… explain the impact of symbols, texts or events on audiences .

… collaborate to problem-solve and consider alternatives to the status quo.

This document of 3600 words coaches teachers to coach kids to “deconstruct” three of Australia’s most important symbols – the Australian flag, Australia Day and the National Anthem. In each case, Coolprovides a loaded case, with a token nod to conservative values for the “pro” case. Cool’s “anti” case packs an emotional wallop and there is no way that kids get, or could properly examine, the conservative position. (Of course, one might wonder why the flag etc need reconstructing in the first place, any more than motherhood, the Enlightenment, or the rule of law).

Anyway, I’ll skip to page 10 of Cool’s 12-page teachers’ guide, dubbed Part C: Evaluating Alternatives.

Step 1. How can people challenge symbols of white privilege? …

Step 2. Show students this clip as an example of a response and complete the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis below as a class on this response:https://www.youtube.com/embed/piEGpCGnFU0?feature=oembed

The clip is worth the click. It shows the Queensland nine-year-old girl who refused to stand for the National Anthem at her school and was sent home/suspended. The kid declaims all the woke mantras down pat and good luck to her – I was pretty obnoxious myself at age 9 (and thereafter). Her parents must be delighted to see their little darling on the front line of the culture wars.

CA then pretends to run SWOT analyses (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) on the 9-year-old’s sit-down strike/protest, which is just another excuse to indoctrinate. Cool’s printed table for teachers is headed, “Response 1: Seated protest of (sic) national anthem”.

  1. Strengths:

Anyone who witnesses the national anthem can do it. 

 Easy – doesn’t cost money or require organisation

Non-violent [that’s a relief!]

Weaknesses:

May (sic) not get a chance to share reasons for sitting down [what a woke tragedy that would be!].

Doesn’t necessarily change any other people’s (sic) behaviour

Opportunities (ways you could build upon the response

Post about it on social media to gain media attention [thus putting kids in the firing line of being trolled and abused on-line, nice work Cool Australia!]

Get other students to partake (sic – do these sub-standard writers mean ‘participate’?). 

Threats (ways the response may be impacted)

Students could receive penalties for partaking (sic)

Backlash against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and community members may (sic) occur. 

Thatlast point is preposterous. If a kid sits during the National Anthem, why would anyone set about attacking Aborigines?

Alongside this Soviet-style miseducation, Cool offers blank SWOT boxes for the kids to fill in. Teachers are referred back to “Step 1 – How can people [kids] challenge symbols of white privilege?” The elaboration of “Step 1” involves kids absorbing the whole panoply of leftist attacks on Australian nationhood as embodied in the 3600-word teachers’ guide. They lay out their favorite attacks on white privilege and the teacher writes these memes on the blackboard. Then, as “Step 3”, kids select any of these blackboard memes for a SWOT exercise. My suggested example: “The national flag is racist and should be taken down from the school flagpole and ceremonially burnt outside the principal’s office”.

Cool Australia isn’t done yet. We move on to “Step 4: Ask students to discuss on (sic) their tables”

How might the race of the person challenging white privilege affect their actions?

How might the race of the person challenging white privilege affect the reactions they experience from others?

Which options resonated with you? Why/why not?

Would you consider pursuing any of these options? Why/why not? 

And there’s more. The Teachers’ Guide finishes the section with “Reflection”. Cool tells teachers to show their kids yet another propaganda documentary clip for the Aboriginal industry, namely the Indigenous rapper Adam Briggs on the ABC’s left-drenched Q&A whining about “Indigenous Disadvantage and Racism on Social Media”.

Cool’s point is that some kids have doubtless become uncomfortable during the previous indoctrination session. I judge that the new clip teaches them that their discomfort is their own problem rather than an imposition from the teacher or Cool Australia.

Ask students to reflect on this statement, using the following prompts:

When did you feel comfortable or uncomfortable in today’s class? Why?

What types of experiences make people uncomfortable?

 What are some positive outcomes of discomfort?

 Do you think there is value in leaning into discomfort?

 These SWOT examples only scratch the surface of the Cool onslaught on conservative values. To deal fully with their “Teachers’ Guides” would be like wading through a rancid soup of the Left’s causes du jour,  so I’ll just pick out a few highlights.

Cool’s offered photo of an Australian who is proud of the flag depicts a redneck swigging a beer and covered with union jacks and stars.

  Cool wants kids to study a girl’s “heartfelt” scrawled letter in felt tip about Australia Day. It starts, “Dear govmint”. This kid wants the January 26 celebration scrapped because “it’s the day we stole Australia from the Aboriginal people … It’s like celebrating because we killed lots and lots of Aboriginal people.”

In pushing the “racism” angle on booing of Adam Goodes, the material makes no mention of Goodes verbally attacking a 13-year-old country girl who in an excess of Collingwood-supporting zeal called him an “ape”. The girl said she just shouted the insult as a joke, and was unaware of its racist possibility. Goodes said of the identified 13yo “Racism had a face last night”. She was separated by police from her grandparent and interrogated solo for two hours, and forced to apologise.[5] Even teenage murderers are not publicly identified, brow-beaten and shamed in such fashion. This, plus Goodes’ ersatz war-dance at Carlton supporters, was responsible for much of the booing (a Daily Mail poll showed 60 per cent rejecting any racist motive). Cool however says the booing “revealed an undercurrent of racism that still exists in Australia today.”

  “White privilege is structural and as such may not be recognised by those who hold it.”

“Talking about white privilege can be uncomfortable because it is unfamiliar to many Australians. This is because, as Dr Tim Soutphommasane, the former Race Discrimination Commissioner, argues, ‘…conversations about discrimination tend to focus on those who are disadvantaged by prejudice. It isn’t always the case that we consider the other side of the coin: what it says about those who do not experience discrimination.’ For a comprehensive description of white privilege and how the concept came to be articulated, read his speech in full.”

Cool even raises the ogre of heterosexual privilege – “White privilege does not discount other disadvantages that people may have experienced, for example, they may not hold socioeconomic privilege, religious privilege, heterosexual privilege.”

  On the national flag – “Suggested answers – Union Jack is a symbol of the colonisers…Celebrates colonisation and erases the colonisers’ violent history towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples… may offend/upset those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who see the Union Jack as a constant reminder of the genocide and oppression of their people by the colonisers.”

“Conclusion: Whose experiences, views and contributions do Australian symbols reflect, celebrate or include?” [a typically loaded question].

I haven’t included other-than-race Cool propaganda here, but there’s plenty of it.[6]

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September 17, 2021