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Townsville educators give their views on civics.

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Townsville educators give their views on civics Tuesday, 24 October 2006

Teachers and students in Townsville were today given a chance to have their say on the challenges being faced by Queensland schools delivering civics and electoral education programs. The federal parliament’s Standing Committee on Electoral

Matters, chaired by Peter Lindsay MP, today held one of its National public hearings at Heatley Secondary College. “The committee has heard evidence that the teaching of civics and electoral education can be dependent on the confidence of teachers in teaching the subject matter. Teachers have said to us that teaching a discrete unit is more difficult than teaching aspects of civics and citizenship education as part of other classes,” Mr Lindsay said. Heatley Secondary College Principal Bill Sperring said it is important to find new ways to teach students about civics and electoral education. “We need to find new ways of doing more than what was done in the 60s and 70s,” Mr Sperring said. “The concept of citizenship is paramount for all students,” he said “It is vital that students are informed and be active in our democracy.” This week, the Committee also heard from teachers and students in Brisbane and Cairns. “The Committee has now conducted 10 school visits and forums, hearing the views of young people from all states and territories in Australia,” Mr Lindsay said. “These visits have been a very significant part of the inquiry and young people have had a great opportunity to make their views known loud and clear. It’s been especially important to the Committee that it seek the views of students in regional and more remote parts of the country.” The inquiry by a Joint Committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate has received over 100 submissions from a broad range of individuals and organisations.