I need to pray. It’s NAPLAN time.

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I Need To Pray – It’s NAPLAN Time

Australia does not ban Religious Education from schools. America does.

However, it has been said, “There will always be prayers in schools while there is any Standardised Blanket Testing.” Only way to go for some kids.

This comment started Up-over. It could have been written in this vein by any one of the thousands of Australian teachers, who will spend this year deciding how to vote……

It’s NAPLAN time in Australia!

After being interviewed by the school administration,the prospective teacher said:

“Let me see if I’ve got this right.

‘You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behaviour, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instil in them a love for learning.

‘You want me to keep smiling, always listening, maintain intense pupil-attention, answer all sorts of questions, listen to hundreds of short stories per day, cajole, question, support, expound, correct, check, sometimes frown, prepare ahead for the presentation of some of your ridiculous curriculum imperatives and waste valuable time on maddening test practices.

‘You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride and stop the playground bullying brought on by your ridiculous classroom demands.

‘You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to beat the NAPLAN testing regime and your testucators by fair means, while you cheat with blanket practicing,

‘You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behaviour, and make sure that they all achieve high scores on your ridiculous, immoral tests.

‘You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Hebrew or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

You want me to stuff them with facts and details for exam purposes when they want to learn how to handle a world of unknowns.

‘You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, bundles of practice tests, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a list of your instructions, a big compliant smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

‘You want me to spend the next few months preparing kids for a silly, useless. damaging blanket test called NAPLAN 

‘You want me to do all this, and then you tell me……

I CAN’T PRAY?”

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WHAT DOES NAPLAN COST ?

Who will tell us?

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“Standardised high-stakes tests are the single greatest obstacle in the why of curricular improvement. Sold to the public as a necessary club to old over teachers’ heads the tests are dumbing down kids at a spectacular rate. The problem isn’t test overuse. The problem is their inability to measure what most needs to be measured.

Standardised tests are to accountability what a finger in the wind is to a weather station. What they measure – information stored in memory – is useful, but for kids facing an unknown future that’s not nearly enough. They need to now how to create new knowledge. That knowledge will be original, and standardised tests can’t evaluate original, non=standard thoughts.” [Marion Brady][ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/11/a-real-paradigm-shift-in-education/ ]

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Phil Cullen

February 14th  2013

treehorn@bigpond.com

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