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
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. ...
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