The letter below was prompted by a front page story (continued on Page 8) in The Australian for Saturday 29 November 2014. It might have appeared in the paper on Monday 1 December but, alas, it was not selected for publication.
Teaching writing is important
Education consultant Dr Peter Knapp sensibly suggests that a systematic and explicit approach to teaching writing should start from the early years of primary school (“Writing’s on the wall: kids failing basic literacy”, 29-30/11).
This contrasts with one of the recommendations of literary studies academic Professor Barry Spurr who was commissioned as one of two “subject specialists” to contribute to the evaluation of the English component of the Australian Curriculum as part of the review conducted by Professor Kenneth Wiltshire and Dr Kevin Donnelly.
Spurr argued that primary school students should spend less time on producing writing of their own in favour of a greater focus on the analysis and appreciation of pieces of classic literature.
I wonder whether Dr Knapp was considered for appointment as one of the “subject specialists” for English.
President, Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)
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Atherton SHS Presents
Atherton State High School Presents will be the first activity for the Townsville Branch in 2019. The program is designed to share experiences and practical advice relating to the different contexts of English. Full details are available here. Where: Pimlico SHS When: Saturday 16 February, 2019 Time: AGM - 8:30, first sess...
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