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.
President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English
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Atherton SHS Presents
Atherton State High School Presents will be the first activity for the Townsville Branch in 2019. The program is designed to share experiences and practical advice relating to the different contexts of English. Full details are available here. Where: Pimlico SHS When: Saturday 16 February, 2019 Time: AGM - 8:30, first sess...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
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