The Treehorn Express
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TO: Folk who care about kids, especially about those kids from 5-15 years of age, forced to go to school and ordered to sit for tests and examinations….the ‘Treehorns…………
used by the unscrupulous,
ignored by those who should care,
exploited by those who don’t.
It’s election time in Australia….time to remind schools, unions, principals associations that they are forbidden to talk about classroom-based children at school. Each has been most co-operative so far. Talk about Gonski instead of NAPLAN. Keeps HIM happy.
The same milieu of controlled silence is well embedded in news outlets’ policies and political-non-speak. Mr. Murdoch is very, very pleased with everybody’s efforts down under. He likes the idea of their talking about [Gonski] money instead of children’s learning welfare.
LAWS, RULES & PRINCIPLES
SBTs are dirty
Below is a raft of laws, rules and principles that influence dirty operations such as STANDARDISED BLANKET TESTING [e.g.NAPLAN].
Diane Ravitch asks “ What is it with legislators ? Confusion, incoherence, indifference, ignorance or something else?”
A country, especially a GERM country, that deliberately imposes blanket school tests that are assessed by adding the number of items correct and then makes broad judgements on the standards of human reaction, plays a very dirty game.
Mandated rules that cause stress and discomfort to the mental health of young children especially, and inflicts serious depression for many of them, is in serious infringement of the Rights of the Child as propounded by the United Nations.
YES. For government representatives to use their authority to persuade the general public that this kind of political behaviour is acceptable is a very, very dirty trick. To arrange for children to have their basic rights removed and to prevent parents from having their say is a very, very, very dirty trick. To maintain it by fiat is an utter national disgrace. Disgusting.
DIRTY is the best adjective available to describe the Kleinist model on which Australian schooling is based. Using fear-laden, ineffective SBTs, it removes the rights of the child in a most disgusting manner and treats parents’ rights in an underhand, cavalier fashion.
HAVE NO DOUBTS ABOUT THIS AND, PLEASE, CONSIDER IT SERIOUSLY. YOU KNOW IT NEEDS TALKING ABOUT.
APART FROM IDEOLOGICAL AND MORAL IMPERATIVES, such political/corporate control incorporating the use of Standardised Blanket Testing [SBT] has understandable and predictable consequences.
Holistic schooling disappears.
The curriculum is narrowed.
Children are ‘turned off’ learning.
Professional ethics disappear.
Test scores seldom improve by any noticeable level.
Mediocrity becomes the focus.
Children remember the terror of testing as a reminder of their failures, not of their successes.
WE ALL KNOW THIS. WE ARE TOO FRIGHTENED TO TALK ABOUT IT..
Isn’t that enough to make sure that NAPLAN is ‘dead, buried and cremated’ asap? It IS such a dirty, rotten business. How come we still allow it? Below is a sample of some of the influences, expressed as Law, Rules and Principles to which most administrative behaviour is subjected during the existence of this scato-meme; especially the left-hand column.
The peculiar inhumane assault on young children [e.g.NAPLAN] was fostered and promoted by a wealthy/political elite. It now spreads through a few countries as a toxic pandemic which destroys part of each nation’s spirit during the few years of its existence. The longer it lasts, the more it destroys. SBT in schools is a maleficence that has spread during the first decade of the 21st century…..a movement that was destined to have more scatalogical consequences than educational.
AN ADMINISTRATOR’S ADVENTURES IN NAPLAN LAND
If you are a school administrator of any kind, you will appreciate that MANAGERIALISM [the proposition that inexperienced people can be appointed to control positions of any kind if they have a higher university degree or have a neater CV or interview better than any other possible candidates.] illustrates the principles on the LHS of the tableau below more than any other..
Significant amongst contemporary political operations and organisational responses are…….
TOTALITARIANISM :- No limits to state authority. State strives to regulate every aspect of people’s lives, especially the youngest.
CAMPBELL’S LAW :– “The more any quantitative social indicator [or even qualitative indicator] is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption processes and the more apt it will be to distort the social processes it is intended to monitor.”
NUMERICAL OUTCOME PRINCIPLE :– “Once a number is used to judge outcomes, people will adjust their behaviour to maximise that particular number.” Joseph Ganem shows that “…the use of standardised tests, as a tool for assessment and accountability, has resulted in more disillusionment than improvement. The heavy emphasis on mandated testing has not lead to the sought-after gains in educational outcomes. ” e.g. NAPLAN . QED
This tableau is meant to illustrate that pathologically-controlled school principals and executives in GERM countries tend to operate according to theories listed down the left-hand side, and to reveal the truths of these principles. This is very unfortunate for children at school in these countries. Children are impaired in their learning development by the benign or deliberate exercise of leadership styles that are implied by such sick totalitarian arrangements.
Theories listed down the centre column illustrate the real world of working within a schooling system of any kind. The maintenance of equilibrium with support for positive learnacy innovations, as suggested here, is far more preferable than responding to the essentials of those listed in column one. However, sciolist control-freaks working in tandem with corporate enterprises trespass on the professional teachers’ domain and the rest is sad history…..back to the elements of Column 1.
The right-hand column theories provide the bases for ethical, effective, and more humane administrative styles. These principles are samples of child-centred belief systems that work. They produce results!
PLEASE SEND THIS ON TO EACH OF YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATES – GOOGLE TO FIND THEIR ADDRESS.
– ONLY A FEW WEEKS LEFT TO RESCUE THE KIDS AND OUR FUTURE.
BE BRAVE. BE DARING. THINK OF THE KIDS.
VOTE FOR KIDS – VOTE FOR THE PARTY THAT WILL BAN NAPLAN
Phil Cullen No. 83 A.M., A.Ed., B.Ed., Dip.Ed.Admin. M.Ed.Admin[Hons], Former Q’ld Director of Primary Education, FACE, FACEL, FQIEL,, Gold Medal FACEL, Life Member QSPSSA, QSPSCA,QSPSA,QSPPA,BPSRLSA. Founder:Treehorn Express, FNQPPA, Primary School Principal 23 years 41 Cominan Avenue, Banora Point 2486 07 5524 6443