Is Western Civilisation part of your life today?
Discover just how many of the aspects of our life today actually trace as far back and ancient times.
In this unit, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the civic characteristics of the Australian society in which they live, to understand that these features did not just appear, but have historical origins, dating back at least to Greek and Roman times, but in particular to the development of Britain from the time of Magna Carta.
You can use this resource to enrich your child’s understanding of the origin and nature of many of the key civic values and institutions Australia has inherited from its Western Civilisation heritage, via Britain, and which have developed locally over time, such as:
- having a democratic government
- being protected by laws
- having freedom and responsibility to start a business
- freedom of thought, religion, movement, speech and association
Eureka: Protest, Riot, Rebellion or Revolution?
Explore the chain of events that led to the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat. Was it a protest, a riot, a rebellion or a revolution?
- Be immersed in the realities of an Australian goldfield in turmoil in the early 1850s
- Discover the events in Ballarat in 1854, the troubled Eureka mining area
- Go to the source by reading first-hand materials from the time, and understand what it was like to be in their shoes
- Understand the deeper meaning of Eureka.
Australia 1788: How ‘Convict’ was it and how ‘free’?
Investigate the British roots of our legal system in Australia.
In this unit, students will explore how the British legal system – part of Australia’s British and Western Civilisation heritage – was established in Australia, through five distinct investigations based on a key inquiry question.
- How did Britain claim ownership of Australia?
- What is a gaol?
- What does the First Fleet tell us about Australia as a gaol or a free society?
- What does a court case tell us about Australia as a gaol or a free society?
- Were the Indigenous people and their law recognised as part of the new society?
Magna Carta, is it part of your life today?
Learn about the Magna Carta and why it is so important to Australian society today.
- Go deeper in understanding the “strange document” of the Magna Carta
- Learn about why the Magna Carta is important to us today – and how it relates to law, democracy and rights.
- Delve into the history of the Magna Carta
- Analyse what has changed since the time of the Magna Carta and our life today.
One and Free: How Australia was Made
Learn about the ten most significant events and achievements that make us proud to be Australian.
Australia has always been stronger when we as a community are united around our shared values of freedom, democracy, and egalitarianism. It is these values which have bound us together in times of hardship, enabled us to overcome division, and which have attracted millions to our fair and tolerant society.
Enrich your child’s understanding of Australian history with this accessible guide.
40 Valuable Books for Children and Teenagers
A compilation of 40 Valuable Books for Children and Teenagers, to showcase our rich cultural literary heritage.
This compilation of 40 Valuable Books for Children and Teenagers – including works by many Australian authors – exposes children to our rich cultural literary heritage both in Australia and abroad, as well as meet their literary and social developmental needs.
From the endearing and mischievous Peter Rabbit to the Fires of Mordor, these books will ignite the imaginations of your children with wholesome and enriching content. It will introduce them to characters who possess both virtue and vice, and explore the nature of the individual through themes of friendship, family, suffering, temptation, greed, bravery and more.
It also exposes our children to our cultural literary heritage both in Australia and abroad, as well as meeting their literary and social developmental needs.
How Can You Help?
Class Action is a new education program calling all teachers, parents and concerned Australians who value the future of Australia to rebuild education for our children, and by doing so, contribute to a flourishing future of Australian society that knows its roots, and can humbly acknowledge its imperfections without erasing its proud achievements.
You can join us in reclaiming education by:
- Drawing on our series of practical classroom resources in your own classroom and encouraging others to do so. Click here to download (or click the button below) these four units developed by the IPA.
- You can stay informed by joining our mailing list for regular updates on the Class Action program and related IPA research activities and how you can help us work towards restoring Australian education.