Happy NAPLAN Day

Aussie Friends of Treehorn

 

HAPPY NAPLAN DAY, KIDS

NAPLAN TESTING –Winner of the Frankenstein Award at the Global Education Stuff-up Contest – 2008, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Today’s the day. No other profession would allow the kinds of things that this day’s school activities represent. No other profession would allow such an assault on the mental health of young children.

No other profession would fracture basic democratic principles by hiding important information from the parents of young children. No other profession would allow outsiders to dictate what and how tests should be conducted, nor what defines performance, nor how it should be assessed. {We do not allow bankers to decide the standards for firemen or footballers, do we?} Today’s the day. Today these issues coalesce.

In this nation of sustained illusion that is called Australia, the corporate owned media ensure that misinformation, forced silence, slick comment and stifling of democratic comment pass for journalistic reporting, and the Australian public buys it hook, line and sinker. Market driven approaches have one goal in mind: increased profit from the pain of vulnerable children through forced hush-ups.
We hail places like Finland as models, but have no intention of copying its better approaches to schooling [teacher respect, high salaries, age-7 starting age, no blanket testing, wise modes of accountability, shared evaluation] nor of attempting to design an even better, possible indigenous learnacy model of schooling. We ban teachers from having a part of assessment and curricular procedures.

We allow the bubble-filling, fear-based test items that children will sweat over today to pass for accountability. We brand our teachers as untrustworthy. They are the enemy. We encourage them and everyone else to cheat as much as possible. We don’t trust parents to make sound decision about their child’s education. Our curriculum demands fidelity so that this assembly-line version of schooling can be controlled by the oligarchs and no one else.

Clearly, what is now passing as an essential element of schooling is nothing more that a smoke and mirrors trick designed to fill the pockets of profiteers, to control the curriculum and to stupidify Australian education.

Today is the first of three dark days for Australia’s future.

Sorry kids. Some of us tried.

We failed this year. THEY have big guns

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Phil Cullen [….praying for kids today] 41 Cominan Avenue Banora Point Australia 2486 07 5524 6443 cphilcullen@bigpond.com
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