From the article:
I have a vested interest in biblical literacy; after all, I'm a Christian and I think there's something to the big, unfolding story it tells. But I'm also a literary academic, and I can't bear the biblical ignorance students display. Regardless of whether you find something alive and kicking in the Scriptures, there is a strong argument it should be somewhere near the foundation of Australian education.
It's not the strongest argument for Bible reading, but it's a powerful ad hominem case to make to the secular, elitist readers of the SMH.