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Safe Schools and literature

Posted by Garry Collins, AATE Past President on 4 March 2016

The following letter was submitted to The Australian for possible inclusion in the edition of Thursday 3 March 2016 but it was not selected for publication.

Safe Schools and time for literature

Jennifer Oriel suggests that the Safe Schools program is robbing school students of exposure to writers like Oscar Wilde ("The Left falls into Queer extremists' trap", Mar 2). I have heard no indication from contacts still teaching in schools that this program is being conducted in time normally programmed for English.

It is worth remembering that a homosexual love affair sent the author of The Importance of Being Earnest to prison and the experience drove him into an early grave. I know none of the details of this program but it's hard not to get the impression that some of its opponents would consider Wilde's fate to be entirely appropriate.

Garry Collins
Past President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English

Author: Garry Collins, AATE Past President
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