READERS would be right to be somewhat bewildered by Sheryl Gwyther’s reference to the federal government’s inquiry into school libraries (Letters, 3/4).
With submissions to the committee due by April 16, there has been no report of it in The Age since it was announced.
The trend to remove teacher-librarians from schools threatens to turn school libraries into the world’s most expensive closets, instead of active, vibrant centres of learning that support literacy, develop research skills, promote literature, and manage a collection that enriches the teaching of all staff.
This inquiry offers the chance for teachers, parents and students to speak up, but only if they know the opportunity exists.
Leonie Paatsch, Lara