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Views about teacher education

Posted by Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President on 17 January 2015

The following letter was submitted for possible publication in The Australian on Wednesday 14 January 2015 but it did not make it into print. After sending the letter it occurred to me that I could hqave added this final sentence: It is probably more accurate to say that some newspapers have been captured by ideology.

Evidence for views about teacher preparation

Justine Ferrari writes, apparently approvingly, that NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli insists on having evidence to support any proposals to reform the state's school system ("No war, just a revolution", 13/1).

And yet, earlier in the piece, without mention of any evidence, she baldly states that many education faculties are "captured by ideology".

Having a genuine evidence base for views would be a good guideline for many journalists.

Garry Collins

Author: Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President
About: Garry Collins was ETAQ President from mid July 2005 to 15 March 2014. He taught English in state high schools for around 35 years and now tutors in English curriculum courses in the School of Education at the University of Queensland.
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