Robina Cosser says : When I first arrived in Queensland in 1987, the first thing that struck me was that the teachers I spoke to in Queensland schools all seemed to be afraid.
I had never experienced this sort of fear when I was working in England or in New South Wales.
Queensland teachers advised me to "go with the flow" and "don't rock the boat".
But I had not learned to be afraid.
And so, in 2000, my career came to a crashing halt when I tried to deal with the numbers of children missing from the Grade 7 classrooms, roaming about the school.
Silent acceptance of fuzzy "educational philosophies" was the requirement.
And if I would not oblige, well, I had to be driven out of work.
So I was very heartened to read the article below, in which Professor Judith Bessant defends the right of university academics (and teachers, and other professionals) to discuss their professional concerns.
Always remember Whole Language!
Teachers knew in 1987 that Whole Language was failing children - but they were afraid to speak out.
And a generation of children suffered.