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Kevin Donnelly's contribution to education

Posted by Garry Collins, AATE President on 6 April 2015

The following letter was submitted to The Australian for possible publication on 4 April 2015 but it did not make it into print.

Irony in Kevin Donnelly's concerns about history textbooks

In his opinion piece in last weekend's edition, Kevin Donnelly complained that "Christianity is often misrepresented and undermined" in school history books currently on the market ("The school textbooks that gloss over jihad and leave Christianity smouldering at the stake", 28-29/3).

I'm not familiar with the history books he cited so I have no particular response to that.

There is, however, an element of irony in his comment as quite a few people who teach in schools and in teacher education around the country consider that Donnelly's articles often misrepresent and undermine the work that they do.

Garry Collins
President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English

Author: Garry Collins, AATE President
About: Garry Collins is the Immediate Past President of ETAQ and began a 2 year term as AATE President on 1 January 2014. A retired high school English teacher, he now works in the School of Education at the University of Queensland as a sessional tutor in English curriculum courses.
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