Education row - Teachers ?want answers

By DAVID MOASE

TEACHERS are still seeking answers as to how a document 'denigrating' public education was circulated by the Coffs Harbour Christian Community School. The document, titled 'Christian Schools: A priority for parents who care!', included and endorsed comments by a 19th century Catholic archbishop warning State schools would be 'seed plots of immorality, infidelity and lawlessness'. It caused a furore among the public education sector when it was circulated with a junior school prospectus pack- age. Christian Community School principal Rodney Lynn issued a letter to public school colleagues apologising for the distribution of the pamphlet. He said it was an old pamphlet that did not reflect the school's current thinking. The apology has done little to satisfy the Toormina High School branch of the NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF), which is angry Mr Lynn has not replied to a letter it sent asking questions about the pamphlet. "People are still very hostile," said NSWTF representative Brett Henry. "They can't understand why the document was put out and think the school's response was very thin and sanctimonious." The Toormina teachers asked Mr Lynn to answer seven questions about the document and what steps have been 'taken to ensure there is no repeat of the denigration of Public Education'. "We would like the school to explain why this document was in the system and what has been done to make sure nothing similar happens in the future," Mr Hendry said. The Coffs Coast Advocate was unable to contact Mr Lynn for comment.



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