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. It’s a favourite of politicians who wouldn’t know a wombat from a pussy-cat.



The news is good…..for our wonderful children.  It is quite impossible for Australia to become a nation of innovative and creative thought as Malcolm and Christopher have designed , while its children are so tightly bound and shackled to a testing regime that limits children’s cognitive development, is mentally abusive and prevents the nation’s capacity for the intellectual application of its citizens to fulfil its requirements.  We must de-naplan. We must do it first….now.

The public schooling system [now naplan-threatened ] is the saviour of our future if it is given the freedom to teach and to learn.

Our children are precious. Their capacities are limitless.  They are beautiful. They are human. We have been treating them in a shameful manner since 2009.  Through NAPLAN testing, we have been encouraging mediocrity of performance and dislike for schooling. Ask any  serious teacher  about the effects of NAPLAN. Do it! Ring one up.

Pupils will re-discover the beauty in Mathematics and Science and weld it into their DNA with the arts, with whatever level of creativity and other abilities they have; and we will become a nation of innovators and doers and happy, healthy, wealthy people. Why are we holding our children back now? Corporate Greed!? You’ve got it!

If the Government is serious about INNOVATION and PROGRESS, we must





I can state, without equivocation, that Australian primary schooling has never been so battered and abused as much as it has been over the past eight years. We need an holistic, creative, free, achievement-based, fear-free, teacher-controlled,  loving system of LEARNING.

We can do without US-style totalitarian fear-of-failing-tests corporate control of schooling. Our sky’s the limit! We can be free!


instead of being


They love learning


Bring it on. They’ll show you how to use it.

Watch 2016…..

* School principals will refuse to allow tests to be given to children on ethical grounds. The tests destroy cognitive ability and are abusive.

* Teachers will refuse to administer tests.

* Parents will say “NO”.

* Teacher Unions will become involved for various industrial/professional reasons.

* Teacher organisations, including subject associations, will ask their members not to participate in NAPLAN for professional/ethical reasons.

* Political parties will take an interest in the substance of schooling and make TESTING an electoral issue.

Phil Cullen  41 Cominan Avenue  Banora Point  Australia 2486  
07 5524 6443   0407865999
cphilcullen@bigpond.com             http://primaryschooling.net/                     http://qldprimaryprincipals.wordpress.com/

 THINK!  CARE FOR KIDS for goodness sake. A proper future is possible.

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