The Treehorn Express
Treehorn story? http://primaryschooling.net?page_id=1924
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The Treehorn Express is dedicated to the cessation of Kleinist NAPLAN testing in Australia. Kleinism is a New York version of fear-driven schooling which uses the blanket-testing ‘wmd’ called NAPLAN [its only learning-motivational weapon] to destroy the reputation of teachers and schools. This weapon was forced on schools in Australia in 2009.
It disrespects school pupils, devalues teachers’ professionalism, threatens Australia’s developmental future and is just no good.
Although some ‘education’ groups support it, ideologically, NAPLAN is immoral, unprofessional, politically driven, unrequested by the profession, curriculum destructive, extremely costly, wasteful and divisive. It has a background of malicious intent. IT WILL REMAIN UNTIL ENOUGH GOOD PEOPLE SAY “STOP IT”.
For further information, click on the official description http://www.nap.edu.au/information/FAQs/index.html
An Australian School?
Below could be a scene from Schadenfreude State School, a typical Australian School of the second decade of the 21st Century.
Approved by Messrs Klein, Murdoch, Gates and Nelson [Brendan], then established by Her Hardness Frau Gillard under instruction from her devoted leader, Professor of Eschatology Rudd, whose leitmotif was “If you don’t like this kind of school, tough luck. Walk somewhere else.”, such schools cover the landscape. The pupils of Schadenfreude, controlled by frightened, politicised, adult-oriented, test-preparers maintain the school’s Mission Statement to the letter:-
The notion that children like learning is a falsehood.
Fear of failure is the best motivation for success.
The school time-table will concentrate on things testable.
Practising to cope with blanket tests will be the major focus.
Well, that’s not quite true, of course; even though there is more than a ring of truth. It is difficult to see fair dinkum Aussie teachers tolerating this sort of conditioning for too long. At present, timidity prevails. Once upon a time, the existence of such a place would have been an abhorrent vision of future schooling, but then….
What happened ????
An unknown US cartoonist sees such a school in NCLB terms. That’s the same as NAPLAN, so……
Let’s try for a Re-form of Compulsory Schooling.
NOT FROM THE TOP.
Start at the classroom.
There IS a rational, workable design.
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