Race, empire and the Maori in the New Zealand primary school curriculum 1880–1940
Much of what texts and the School Journal had to say was, no doubt, standard fare in other white dominions. The Empire itself was a 'Good Thing': 'It is no ideal boast to say that British rule has made the world a better place to live in'.4 British history was the story of long struggle to preserve ancient freedoms and of the clearer and clearer manifestation of the British passion for liberty and justice. With the growth of the Empire, these principles had been exported to the world's great advantage. 'We call the Union Jack "the flag of the brave and free" because we are always ready to defend the weak and all are free in the lands over which we rule.'5 Weaker races could count themselves lucky to be under British rule.