AD/BC rock solid in curriculum

THE time-honoured terms BC and AD are safe from the clutches of political correctness in classrooms.

The agency responsible for the national school curriculum yesterday denied it ever intended to remove the terms from history classrooms.

Newspaper reports last month suggested BC and AD would be replaced by the academic terms BCE (Before Common Era), CE (Common Era) and BP (Before Present).

The reports sparked outrage from religious leaders, with the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, labelling it an ''intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history''. This reaction was followed by a similar controversy in Britain, where BBC announcers revolted against a similar proposed change in favour of ''religiously neutral terms''.

But Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority's general manager of curriculum, Robert Randall, told a Senate hearing that BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini, Latin for ''the year of our lord'') would continue to be used.

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