$38.4 million for trial

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$38.4 Million for NAPLAN 0nline Trial

Can You Believe It?

Just how crazy can a schooling system become?

Why not give the money to a few dozen jihad terrorists with free tickets to travel Australia and let them do as they wish? They can’t do as much damage as NAPLAN does.

This NAPLAN Gillard-Pyne version of evaluation already stinks to high heaven. We all know that. It’s a virulent form of bovine incontinence [rupertoid kleinitis], a disease that corrupts the cognitive development of our young. But. Big thanks to big Joe H. who won’t give the curmudgeons the money for now. Breathe again for a while, kids. We might have a principaled [sic] approach by 2016 to release you from the terror machine. My money is on principled principals. I think. I hope.

Marion Brady says….

“For millions of kids, it’s too late to undo the damage they’ve done. But if parents and other concerned citizens make enough noise, the giant, tax-wasting, kid-abusing, craft-and-profession destroying, super-standardizing, multibillion dollar testing juggernaut that’s perpetuating a stupid idea of what it means to educate and be educated, can be stopped.”

Who ever thought that Australians would ever see the day when a government would spend such an amount of money just to find out how to test some little bits of numeracy and literacy? It’s so unreal!

$38.4million

If only half the money could be spent on a quest to make schooling more useful, complex, real-world, theoretically sound,wide ranging, varied, scalable and effective! Marion Brady, here quoted, has been on such a search for a lifetime. So have many of us school principals. Why not try to spend the money on teaching/learning enterprises of this kind, instead of the jihad-type mutilation, New York variety? It’s lasted six hellish years down under.

I began a search that continues, a search for experience-creating activities (a) so interesting, the teacher can leave the room and nobody notices, (b) so useful, the activity’s relevance is self-evident, (c) so complex, the smartest kid in the class is intellectually challenged, (d) so real-world, perceptions of who’s smartest constantly shift, (e) so theoretically sound, the systemically integrated nature of all knowledge is obvious, (f) so wide-ranging, the activities cover the core curriculum (and much more), (g) so varied, every critical thinking skill is exercised, (h) so scalable, concepts developed on a micro level adequately model macro phenomena, (j) so effective, when the activities themselves are forgotten, their benefits are fixed permanently in memory.

Don’t despair, kids. One day.
Check: http://www.marionbrady.com/articles/2014-WashingtonPost8-1.pdf

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For less than half the price, Australian trials could be run on what sort of classrooms best produces individual ‘personal bests’ in achievement in the business of life-lasting learnings….as Marion suggests; or compare our NAPLAN-based curriculum with an holistic curriculum; or just do something useful.

Can’t our ultracrepidarian sciolists manage that?* Can’t our critics from way beyond the classroom with little classroom experience turn their attention to something useful?

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Listen to some parents and kids talk to the Mayor of New York
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7h732u7s4I&feature=player_embedded
Click here. Don’t miss it.

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*Did you hear about the testucated,sesquipedalic ultracrepidarian who suffered from hippopotomonstrosequipedalophobia and became discombobulated……not unlike testucator professionals.?”

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Phil Cullen […..asking: “Why do we allow this sort of waste and nonsense?] 41 Cominan Avenue Banora Point Australia 2486 07 5524 6443 cphilcullen@bigpond.com
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