Brendan Nelson has announced the composition of his literacy enquiry. The establishment of this review was a response to the heated (and over-politicised) debate over the relative merits of whole language and phonics as methods of teaching children to read. A surprise inclusion on the panel is right wing op-ed columnist Miranda Devine. I wonder what particular expertise and perspective she will bring to the review’s deliberations?
ELSEWHERE: Courtesy of commenter Harry, here’s Emma Tom’s piece in The Australian on Miranda Devine. I like Emma’s point that no-one is actually obliged to read op-ed columnists with whom they disagree.
In comments, Brian Bahnisch provides a link to a transcript of an interview with US expert Dr Reid Lyon, which should help those interested understand the stakes of the debate over literacy and pedagogy.
ELSEWHERE: Immanuel Rant has applied a caustic eye to Ms Devine’s research skills based on an analysis of her recent columns.