Aussie Friends of Treehorn
The Lib-Lab Dynamic
Julia & Tony, together.
“Australia deserves to have the best education system in the world; but we decided to have the New York system instead.” [Idea from Wilcox]
Before: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/differenceofopinion/episodes/episode_03.htm Jeff Mullins used to run a “Difference of Opinion “ show on ABC TV . On 26 Feb., 2007 he arranged a four person panel to debate current educational issues. This program was conspicuous for showing how the school-experienced lady was able to flatten the sciolistic denigration of schools and teachers. This was an example of how dangerous superficial knowledge of schooling can be.
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2007/s1859834.htm This is a transcript. Kerry O’Brien interviewed two politicians on 28 February 2007, both of whom seem to believe that testing solves everything. You will notice Ms Bishop’s comments about Yrs.3,5,7,9 tests to be introduced by Julia the following May. The Lib-Lab neoliberal coalition’s commitment to tough-love didacticism in the classroom is on show here!
After: http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8726596 ‘Sixty Minutes’ on 20 September 2013 seemed to convince Ray Martin and many others that all was not well in Dystralia. Paul Thomson of Kimberley College, Carbrook featured in the program. This program was presented at the same time as the NAPLAN data was revealed; when middle to lower class schools are supposed to make their public acts of contrition and promise to force kids to do better in 2014. Rupert would not have been happy with this presentation, so we should not expect any more of its kind for a long while.
Are the kids in New York better at learning than Aussie kids?
What is LEARNING?
In what emotional state does personal, lasting, useful learning best take place.
Don’t emotions determine our attitude?
What happens to my learning desire during imposed testing time?
What best motivates a learner ? Fear ? Stress? Threats? Encouragement? Shared love of a topic? Shared evaluation of progress?
Can I be forced to learn if I don’t want to?
Do teachers have a personal definition of LEARNING and do they deliberately teach pupils to love it?
Or do they concentrate on top-down mumbo-jumbo?
How do one-hit, frozen-in-time, fear-based, standardised, state-wide, cold, sternly-supervised tests motivate learners?
Tell me about emotions and learning; and memory. Please explain. Tell me about emotions and learning; and durability.
Next week-end….Treehorn Express…..Derek Hedgcock : “Dangerous Ideas”
‘In this day and age, there is no excusing whatsoever, the emotions based ills that NAPLAN and its brethren perpetrate upon modern education.”