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
Early Career Conference 2022: Writing our future?
Writing our future? - a conference presented by and for early career teachers on Saturday 22 October at Wynnum SHS (tbc)
External Examination Preparation
Registration Scroll down to register - but please do read this information Schools should register each teacher who will be using the materials. Acting on feedback from last year, we will be making the materials available earlier this year. We will be running the External Examination Preparation as one package with more fl...
Writing our future in Essential English 2022
Writing our future in Essential English - a community of practice especially for teachers of Essential English on Saturday 5 November.
Indigenous Perspectives in the Junior Curriculum
After a work program review Town High explored ways to better embed indigenous perspectives in the year 7 program through a novella study of Black Cockatoo. The unit became our first taste of analytical essay writing in year 7, in preparation for subsequent years. We found greater engagement from students across the board. ...
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.
I know that ETAQ conferences in the past have never disappointed - valuable, relevant, practical, inspiring so I came again.Read All