The Treehorn Express
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 used by the
ignored by those who should care,
exploited by those who don’t.
Isn’t it ironic? Rupert Murdoch who has made millions and millions of dollars from NAPLAN testing over the last five years, has sent his No.1 hit-man to organise News Ltd., other media outlets and his lobbyists to organise the defeat of the Labor Party in Australia. Makes one wonder, right?
“NAPLAN IS A DIRTY, IMMORAL, UNETHICAL MONEY-MAKING SCHEME.”
This was the title of a talk to over 100 attendees at a U3A gathering at Cleveland, Queensland on Monday 5 August 2013. It seemed to be the popular opinion of the majority of the audience.
I tried to indicate that, if I was still the State Director of Primary Education, this statement would probably be headlined in the local press on the next day. It wont be, because, these days, negative comments on NAPLAN of any kind are forbidden through the media. Rupert Murdoch and allied measurement-freaks wont allow them to do so. NAPLAN is not to be discussed. It is deliberately embargoed by school authorities by fiat. The Darwin Effect is working well, but not for any worthy reason.
Also. I mentioned that NAPLAN’s link with Gonski [Money] and the ‘new order’ schooling [Politics] is tenuous. Both have worthy intentions, but can hardly work while NAPLAN dominates the testucating landscape, and controls how things are taught. You know that NAPLAN never ever had any worthy intentions. It’s a really dirty business totally controlled by Rupert and associates.
Another point was that the issue will not the discussed in any other forum. We adults just don’t care what happens to children at school. We all know that NAPLAN testing induces fear of schooling, loss of sleep, pre-test vomiting and plenty of tears. The immorality of enforcing such fear based tensions into the teaching act will continue to be ignored. They’re just kids. Why worry?
I tried to use a couple of USBs to talk to, at the meeting, but was unsuccessful. Here they are……
2. WHY I DON’T LIKE NAPLAN
Holistic schooling disappears.
Takes months of preparation.
The curriculum is narrowed.
Children are turned off learning.
Assaults the cognitive domain.
Shows no regard for other parts of the curriculum.
Professional ethics disappear.
Induces fear and stress on children as young as 7 years.
Provides a gateway for gimmicks. [Charter Schools etc.]
Tests scores seldom improve by any noticeable level.
Endorses cheating at all levels of schooling, especially administration.
Mediocrity becomes a focus.
Provides millions of dollars for greedy entrepreneurs.
Failures rather than successes are remembered.
Three days sweating over statistically invalid tests.
It initiates a dumb, dumb, dumber kind of schooling.
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VOTE FOR KIDS – VOTE FOR A 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