A staple of state oppositions’ rhetoric is to accuse the incumbent government of holding too many enquiries and not taking decisions. I wonder why nobody’s been saying that about Brendan Nelson. Last year, we got the enquiry into phonics, graced with the presence of Miranda Devine. Now, as Troppo suspected, Dr Nelson has signalled his intention to hold an enquiry into teacher education. Unsurprisingly, Sawyer’s article is being cited as a motivating factor. There may be many good reasons to examine teacher education, but is a populist kneejerk reaction to a story the Government itself gave legs to going to lead to anything sensible and considered? Who’s going to be on the panel this time – Piers Akerman, Andrew Bolt? Maybe Keith Windschuttle? Do people get paid to be on these things?
ELSEWHERE: Check out the photo David’s found of the dapper Dr Nelson.
EDITORIAL NOTE: As my two previous posts have attracted very long comments threads, I’ll close them off and anyone wishing to continue the discussion can do so here, since long threads get hard to follow. Previous discussion on Sawyer is here, on the substantive issues raised by his now infamous article here, and Ken’s take here.
UPDATE: Ken’s put a longer and more thoughtful piece up which might be a better place to centralise further discussion of all this. I’ve also just read a thoughtful thread over at Barista on this topic.