Dr Jennifer Buckingham quoted in ‘Education agenda takes aim at ‘long betrayal’ by Paul Kelly in The Australian, 12 July 2023.
‘Dr Jennifer Buckinham, director of strategy at MultiLit, told this newspaper in 2021 that education faculties were still in denial of the scientific basis of reading instruction.’ “There has been a philosophical bias towards a sociocultural view of literacy,” Buckingham said. “Those education faculties have been hollowed out of expertise in how to teach reading. The courses reﬂect the world view and the research interests of the academics that run them. We had about 50,000 students Australia-wide in 2019 who started secondary school with bare minimum reading skills, if any at all. That’s been going on year after year.”