A Tragi-Comedy

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Prepared and presented by Phil Cullen, anti-NAPLAN geriactivist.


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April 9


NAPLAN – A Tragi-Comedy

There were some comical reactions to the advertisement for sharp pencils in preparation for the forthcoming NAPLAN  blanket testing.  See previous Treehorn Express

Principal Ron of S.A. opened with, “In the Theatre of the Absurd, NAPLAN has to be top of the charts in the list of tragi-comedies. ‘ Pencils Ready!’ will be the name of the opening scene.”

Assoc. Professor Morna of Townson Uni., USA says, “This is so friggin great, Phil.” and finishes her email with “All power to the imagination’. “

Past-Principal Fred of Q’ld says, “ I believe that NAPLAN improves learning and teaching by making us talk about results. I also believe that the potatoes that we rub on our warts should be buried in the back-yard to a depth according to our age:- One inch [Yes. Inch] according to decades completed. Mine [67 yrs]. will be 6 inches deep.”

Teacher Mary of Amsterdam, Holland sent the advertisement with a twinkle in her eye; and recommended reading http://truth-out.org/news/item/8305-the-assault-on-public-education


One has to feel at times that the whole business of testing kids in a Bingo-like atmosphere and making profound judgements about the results is nothing but a great big, sick  political joke. We’ve been HAD. H..A..D.. HAD.

Our  blind addiction to the American Marx Brothers of Education is a joke.  It will go away. It has to.  It’s too sick; too tragic.

“Just got back from the USA. I will discus my ideas with you…and the important issues with major stakeholders.” 


Who provided the idea? Harpo ? Chicko? Groucho?

NAPLAN – The National Laxative


P.L.Thomas suggests that the GERM movement in the U.S.  is the embodiment of might-makes-right [as the above cartoons illustrate]. In his short article he says: “While it appears we cringe when children bully each other, we have no qualms about inexpert, inexperienced, and self proclaimers bullying an entire profession.”



 ‘Disgusted with standardized tests, group of parents shunning them’ – The Seattle Times:

They’ll be in another room, doing art or science projects….”We are a state that does testing on steroids,”says Angela Cohen [President of the parent-teacher organization]. “I came to the conclusion that we could find better ways to spend that money.”   It all began with good intentions. …The tests are used to judge whether entire schools should be considered failing….They weren’t designed as learning aids for individual kids.” …..a  rebellion it has become. One that echoes a larger uprising around the country.



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