The following letter was submitted for possible inclusion in The Australian of Tuesday 11 November 2014. Unsurprisingly, it was not selected for publication.
Standards in teaching and journalism
A recent editorial referred to “declining classroom standards” and asserted that ‘few teachers these days are familiar with classic literature or how to teach it” (“Boost tertiary courses to improve teaching quality”, 7/11). In support of the latter view, a single letter from a reader was cited but no research was mentioned.
There was a time when the editorial comment in reputable newspapers had some basis in evidence that went beyond mere anecdote. Mind you, I have heard teacher friends remark that press standards have been declining for decades and these days few journalists seem to be able to distinguish fact from opinion.
I suspect that most fair minded Australians would hold the nation’s teachers in higher esteem than its journalists.
President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)
Essential English: Community of Practice 2021
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Grammar PD term 4
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