FEAR – the life-blood of NAPLAN

The Treehorn Express

Prepared and presented by Phil Cullen,

proud anti-NAPLAN geriactivist thinking of kids.

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Parents !

Let’s do things on our terms and not be pushed around anymore.

It’s ‘Say NO to NAPLAN’ time.

Any time is good really. Just say “NO! Not to my child”

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FEAR BASED TESTS – Is there any doubt?

Any teacher without rocks in their head knows that there is little relationship, if any, between NAPLAN and learning. NAPLAN is a scoring machine that develops negative pupil attitudes towards certain subjects, provides a lack of confidence in one’s ability and causes stress to children as young as seven years of age; and to  their parents. Preparing for the test debauches the essence of learning development and curbs the desire for achievement in most pupils. When practising for performance, the fear is, simply, that nobody screws up. Fear prevails. It’s the life blood of NAPLAN blanket testing.

What better evidence that FEAR PREVAILS is needed than the advice offered in this week-end’s print press.

“Give them some relaxation ideas – anxious or nervous children will benefit from some simple relaxation strategies.”  

“Help them retain their perspective…”   

“The night before – make sure that your child gets a good night’s sleep.” 

“On test day – ensure that your child has a decent breakfast.” 

“After the test – if you are worried about the results make sure you receive advice from your school.” 

“Are they moody, unsettled, don’t want to go to school and having headaches? If they’re not worried, don’t make them worry.”

“Have them take some deep breaths, change their thinking and get them exercising on the morning of the exams.”    

‘Your child must think this is the worst thing that could happen. They may not do well, but assure them the sun will rise tomorrow’ 

“Choose your words carefully. It is important the focus is on effort rather than results.”

What in the dickens are we doing to our children?

Why do this?

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ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR ‘SAY NO TO NAPLAN’

Over fifty academics – more to come – have signed a letter of support for parents and teachers who ‘say NO to NAPLAN’. It is attached.

“We are a group of Australian academics teaching in universities. As a group we are appalled at the way in which the Commonwealth government has moved to a high stakes testing regime in the form of NAPLAN, despite international evidence that such approaches do not improve children’s learning outcomes.

To date there has been little informed debate in this country about the use of NAPLAN as a measure of student [and teacher] academic achievement. These tests have little merit given they focus on assessment of learning rather than assessment for learning and they are being misused for a variety of political agendas.

Pressure on teachers and children to perform well on NAPLAN tests is narrowing the curriculum and eroding time in classrooms for quality teaching and learning activities. Conservative estimates of this testing regime – which only provides a snapshot of a student’s progress in some aspects of literacy and numeracy at one point in time – are around $100 million annually. Such funding could and should be used more appropriately to meet the needs of children experiencing learning difficulties.”

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PARENTS

IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR CHILD’S WELFARE THAT YOU ‘SAY NO TO NAPLAN’

NOW

WHY ALLOW MISGUIDED NON-EDUCATORS IMPOSE THIS KIND OF FEAR

AND

RUIN A CHILD’S NATURAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL LEARNING HABITS?

WHY?

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One thought on “FEAR – the life-blood of NAPLAN

  1. Hi Phil,
    As a member of ‘Getup’ http://www.getup.org.au I completed a survey yesterday which among other things offered me the opportunity to start an advertising campaign to pressure government on any topic that I felt needed airing and was not currently being sufficiently brought to the general pubic’s attention. Not surprisingly I thought of the NAPLAN campaign. I offered a brief outline of the problem, and its potential to distort the curriculum and do uncalculated harm to a generation of Australian children. Hopefully there will be some kind of response from Getup, but it might not hurt to ‘lobby the lobbists’.
    John Saint-Smith

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