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Stephanie Forrest

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Research Scholar, Foundations of Western Civilisation Program

Stephanie is a Research Scholar at the Institute of Public Affairs with the Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. She completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at the University of Melbourne in 2013 in Classics and History. In her Honours thesis, she reconstructed a previously lost Byzantine chronicle dating to the period of the early Islamic conquests (7th-8th centuries AD), and included a translation of the entire chronicle from early-medieval Greek into English. While at University, Stephanie won a number of academic prizes and co-founded the Melbourne University Classics and Archaeology Students Society, of which she was President in 2012-2013. A key focus of Stephanie's work at the IPA is the National Curriculum.

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The end of history... in Australian universities

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Stephanie Forrest

Undergraduate history degrees in Australia fail to teach fundamental aspects of Australia's history and how Australian liberal democracy came to be. Instead, they offer a range of disconnected subjects on narrow themes and issues focusing on...

Australia's English Curriculum: A critique

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Stephanie Forrest and Carla Schodde

The Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English falls far short of what would reasonably be expected of a national English curriculum. This analysis is based on a comparison with eight post-war Australian state curriculums. The existing...

The fall of literature

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Stephanie Forrest

Until the 1970s, it was expected that Australian students should read classic literature over the course of several years at school. Since then, the classics have increasingly been pushed out of curricula, with many of them crudely dismissed by...

The end of history

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Stephanie Forrest

In 1993, after the passing of Laurie R. Gardiner - a historian and lecturer at the University of Melbourne - his friends, family, and former colleagues established an academic prize in his honour. The prize, the trust record says, was to be...

Submission to Department of Education

SUBMISSION | Stephanie Forrest and Aaron Lane

Review of the National Curriculum

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Why is the Magna Carta glossed over in our schools?

Education | Stephanie Forrest
The Spectator Australia 11th June, 2015

Oliver Cromwell was, apparently, not a fan of Magna Carta. In 1654, London merchant George Cony was imprisoned for refusing to pay customs duties...

Politically charged English website puts students on the wrong path

Education | Stephanie Forrest
The Australian 23rd February, 2015

"Living with trash". "Protest". "Save one island, save them all". The headings sound like they might have come from some progressive "social...

The lost art of British history

Education | Stephanie Forrest
The Spectator Australia 24th January, 2015

‘There's so much that Britain has given to us', said Tony Abbott, addressing UK Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Representatives...

Great writers forge minds

Education | Stephanie Forrest
The Australian 4th November, 2014

The only mention of William Shakespeare in the national curriculum for English appears as an example sentence in the glossary: "Because I am...

Who put the Ramayana, not Dickens, in curriculums

Education | Stephanie Forrest
The Australian 5th June, 2014

Last weekend, Britain's Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove made headlines following a rumour that he was "banning" American classics,...