How to tell everybody nothing

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The Treehorn Express is dedicated to the cessation of Kleinist NAPLAN blanket testing in Australia.

Kleinism is a New York version of fear-driven schooling which separates ‘haves’ from ‘have nots’ and opens the door for mega-bank-rolling by known curriculum vandals for control of school-based learning. That’s why it exists. In doing its job for well-controlled legislators, it disrespects school pupils, devalues teachers’ professionalism, forces States to prescribe school texts and teaching strategies, threatens Australia’s developmental future and is just no good. Some Australians go along with it.  ?????

Kleinism relies on NAPLAN, a non-diagnostic, unreliable, standardised series of tests that are useless, in any case, for the purposes of learning.

If one practices at passing tests long enough, one can improve one’s score…. no real learning, just practicing certain things to pass.That’s an easy way to control schools..  Nothing of great and lasting value is learned as a result of such practising. Australia has already spent millions of dollars on this useless enterprise.

It does nothing for learners, provides unreliable information for parents and schools, prevents pupils from expanding their knowledge about other things, and is an utter waste of valuable school time. The uselessness of NAPLAN blanket testing is just so obvious. Its maintenance is crazy.

Shared evaluation of pupil progress with on-the-spot individual teacher-shared and self testing is part of the learning process,

We waste millions of dollars on blanket testing to tell parents and schools nothing of value. [See David Hornsby below. What does NAPLAN tests tell young Grade 5 David’s parents?]


 It’s a hard-hitting article. Unpersons and supporters of blanket testing won’t like it. Might I dare to suggest that you print it, re-read it and think about its revelations?

[When I asked if she was pleased about returning to school soon, I was told,” Gosh. No! All we get for the first few months is NAPLAN, NAPLAN, NAPLAN.”]



How to Tell Everybody Nothing

David Hornsby has supplied the following revealing information in his recent  handouts.

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Phil Cullen

41 Cominan Avenue

Banora Point

Australia 2486

07 5524 6443


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