Kevin Rudd calls on ABC to devote multi-channels to home schooling materials

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken to social media to suggest that with some schools closing and parents beginning to home-school their children, ABC multi-channels should be reprogrammed to deliver the national curriculum.

Some students may not have effective internet access at home, Rudd said, and could benefit from ABC Kids, ABC ME and ABC HD being redeployed to deliver teaching materials.

While he acknowledged that there are “no silver bullets” and the decision was a matter for governments, ABC and educators, “there’s no reason why this can’t be part of the mix of solutions”, he wrote.

“ABC Kids might be split into two-hour slots for each class group (Year 1 through Year 6) each day, starting at 7am. Prep is a separate matter,” Rudd suggested.

“For secondary students, this will be tougher given subject spread. ABC ME could carry six two-hour slots each day on the core subjects of English and Maths.”

ABC HD could be used for specialised classes such as science and history, he went on, with the channels also continuing with education programming across the weekend to “make up for shorter teaching days”.

“Source material could be posted out to kids by state and private education systems. Despite the National Curriculum, state school systems would be key since school education is their responsibility,” Rudd added.

When asked about the practicality or likelihood of such a solution being implemented, the ABC said it “already offers substantial education resources linked to the national curriculum on broadcast and digital”.

ABC Education is home to more than 4,000 videos, interactive resources and games mapped to the curriculum, a spokesperson said, across subjects including English, maths, science, history, geography, media and financial literacy, health, physical education, and the arts and technologies.

ABC ME, meanwhile, features education content from 10am-12pm daily, the spokesperson added.

Yesterday morning during this slot, programs such as History Hunters, The Children of the Holocaust, and Dates That Made History aired.

Children’s news program, Behind The News, has also released guides on social distancing and how to deal with upsetting news, for example, in the face of COVID-19.


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