Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

In a world that Applauds Science and Technology, How do you Safeguard Humanities in the Secondary School Curriculum?: Keeping Humanities Alive and Well in the Middle and Senior School is a Real and Important Challenge

Suzanne Innes.

The wider community and even staff members and students themselves can work to undermine humanities subjects—some in overt ways and some in very subtle ways.
It is essential as a secondary principal to be alert to such influences and incorporate policies, practices, structures and guidelines that safeguard the humanities at secondary school level. This is not only important for high school years but also for the years that follow at university and/or work.
This session looks at some essential and effective strategies to protect and promote those subjects and those values at a high school level that we would associate with the world of humanities.


Suzanne Innes  (Australia)
Maroochydore State High School
Education Queensland

Currently Principal of a large, coastal secondary school with 1,400 students and 156 staff. The school is a Queensland best practice school for its Middle School programme one characteristic of which is the integration of subject disciplines.

  • Secondary school
  • High school
  • Humanities subjects
  • Middle school
  • Senior school

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)