If you’ve ever wondered how school works in Australia, then you’re in luck. Fairbairn Films has put together a quick film covering all the basics of a Down Under education. It’s a tongue-in-cheek look that plays off of the stereotypes associated with Australia.
For starters, according to the film there are no actual towns or cities in Australia, “it’s all outback.” With such a small population, there is a one student per teacher ratio. With only one year of schooling, the educational system has opted to get rid of English and Math—“we don’t have numbers in Australia anyway.” They do, however, spend the first week learning CGI so that they can edit out their ground harnesses in YouTube videos. To replace those lost courses, curriculum relevant to Australia is used, such as a course of photo editing. The major project for the student is to take care of a dog. If the dog lives, the student gets an A, but if the dog dies, the student is awarded a B.
Wilderness training involves dropping the student off in the outback and letting them survive for 30 days. As tough as the classwork sounds, homework is pretty light. “The only homework I ever give out is feeding the student a poisonous berry and tasking them to make it through the night.” Such assignments have their benefits, such as the student being able to drink petrol. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn some astrology—the sun is a star, if you didn’t already know—as well as developing fence jumping skills in the fence jumping class. Should you make it to the point of graduating, you’ll be awarded an Akubra hat and sent off into the wild. Theoretically, you should be all right—you’ve learned all the skills you need to survive in the Land Down Under.