The Treehorn Express
Treehorn, immortalised by author Florence Parry Heide and cartoonist Edward Gorey, and his school mates continue to be treated badly to satisfy…..
the greed of mega-rich publishers;
the election prospects of compliant hench-pollies;
the ambitions of sychophantic, sciolist ‘educators’……who use
taciturn, confused, obedient teachers…..to apply fear-driven tests and a distorted curriculum to….
anxious children who do as they are told.
So: Stop Naplan
It’s Not on the Test [Tom Chapin]
You have probably seen this song sung before. Last year at this time…just before the US blanket testing of measureables …the clip featured a father singing the song to his drowsy son who was about to go to sleep; mentioning the things that he and his son would like learn more about :- Music, Art, Debating, Thinking….. that are put to one side. “They never teach anything not on the test” he sings. It sounds as if the lad’s school was a real test factory. Many are. Can’t blame them.
Click on “Accurate, Though Sad, Music Video on Standardized Test” below and sing along. It’s a catchy tune.
Go on to sleep now little grader of mine,
The test is tomorrow but you’ll do just fine.’
It’s Reading and Math: forget all the rest.
You don’t need to know what is not on the test.
Each box that you tick on each test that you take,
Remember your teachers; their jobs are at stake.
Your score is their score, but don’t get all stressed;
They never teach anything not on the test.
The school board is faced with ‘No Child Left Behind’,
With rules but no funding; they’re caught in a bind;
So Music and Art and the things you love best
Are not in the school ‘cos they’re not on the test.
Sleep, sleep and you’ll progress,
You’ll learn there’s a lot that is not on the test.
zdebate is a skill that is useful to know
Unless you’re in Congress or talk-radio;
Where Shouting and Spouting and Spewing are blessed,
As rational discourse was not on the test.
Thinking’s important; it’s good to know how.
Someday you’ll learn to; but somedays’ not now.
Go on to sleep now; you’ll need your rest.
Don’t think about thinking; it’s not on the test.
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