Politicians and journalists choose their own adventure
John Fleming, a deputy principal at a Victorian private school, has recently been appointed as Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). Justine Ferrari describes him as “the new deputy chair of the national teachers’ institute” (“Schools cool to direct instruction as teachers ‘choose their own adventure’”, 5-6 July). Her use of the possessive apostrophe suggests that this body is collectively owned by teachers. It is not. It is a company wholly owned by the federal Minister for Education.
In the same article, I was amused to read Australian Council for Educational Research chief executive Geoff Masters reported as saying that the teaching profession “is guilty of cherrypicking research to back up its beliefs”. Isn’t this precisely what our political leaders routinely do?
President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)
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National Conference, Melbourne
The AATE National Conference will be held in Melbourne from 30 November to 3rd December. The theme is My story flows in more than one direction: power of story, politics of voice. The program is available here; visit the conference website Early bird registration closes on 20 September. A range of prices includes $550 for personal mem...
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