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Aussie Friends of Treehorn

encouraging adults to think sensitively, to care for kids, to make wise choices….with their hearts in gear, their pens active and their votes available 

NAPLAN has nothing to do with learning. It has nothing to do with teaching. It has nothing to do with real schooling. It has to do with finding fault and making money. It’s an ineffective, unreliable and invalid device that makes the most of young children’s vulnerability and it deliberately threatens their cognitive development and emotional stability for the sake of a score.



I have been asked the following questions.  I’m embarrassed.

1. DO you know  the names of the schools in Australia who openly inform parents that their children do not have to contest the NAPLAN tests in May ?

All that parents have to do is drop a note to their teacher or principal saying that they do not wish to have their children contest NAPLAN. Is it a state secret? Who tells them that they can do that?

2. Do you know the names of any school administrators who, conscious of their ‘duty of care’,  patrol NAPLAN testing and withdraw children who appear to be stressed by the test?

DO YOU DO IT YOURSELF….as a school leader?

If school administrators or invigilators are unable or unwilling  to do so, should representatives of Violence Against Women and Children Organisations do so?  Would they be allowed on the premises? It’s a complex business, isn’t it?

Who really cares for the kids who become stressed at NAPLAN time?

Please send any responses that you have  to cphilcullen@bigpond.com or to Phil Cullen, 41 Cominan Avenue, Banora Point 2486

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