In response to a letter that had appeared the previous day, the following letter was submitted to The Courier-Mail for possible publication on Friday 5 June 2015. Two letters on the topic were printed but mine was not selected.
Balance needed in schooling
Anita Bailey (Letters, June 4) is misguided to suggest that schooling should be solely concerned with the transmission of a prescribed set of knowledge and that external exams are the only worthwhile form of educational assessment.
Sensible schooling needs to provide students with both knowledge and skills; neither on its own can properly equip students for the future.
Bailey also overstates the case in relation to Queensland's system of school-based assessment. While some aspects of the current system at senior level need reform, that does not mean that a complete return to an external examination regime is the appropriate response. Even the ACER review team did not recommend that.
If external examinations are the only acceptable form of educational assessment, it needs to be asked why universities are not subject to such a system.
President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English
Essential English: Community of Practice 2021
Following on from the success of last year's event for teachers of Essential English, we will be running this event again this year with some modifications. The program is available and registrations are now open. Venue: Deception Bay SHS, Phillip Street, DECEPTION BAY. Registrations will close on Saturday 30 October. Interes...
Grammar PD term 4
To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 20 November at John Paul College. The flyer gives further details. Registration will close on 14 November. ...
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