A Testucation System

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 .

 Australia’s Testucation System

Goodbye inglorious 2015

“You are dead set keen on producing robots……… instead of citizens with full brain power, innovative ideas and gumption”, she said during a recent visit. [It’s only our great classroom teachers that are holding the system up during the present period, she added.]

It’s true. Australia does not have an education system.  It’s a test, test, test dominated TESTUCATION SYSTEM  diluting the curriculum so that the myopic measurers in charge of Australian schooling can demand higher scores on shallow, immoral, abusive,  proven useless, proven unreliable tests called NAPLAN.

This system callously abuses the mental health of children and frightens them away from the beauty of curriculum offerings of all kinds;  and prevents pupils  from experiencing the joy of the arts and physical variety and the millions of other things they would like to learn about.

The monster is  NAPLAN – the real, the biggest enemy of Australia’s progress ever.  It uglifies and corrupts Maths, Literacy, Science……three of the most beautiful, creative, challenging, enjoyable topics in the curriculum.  Want to uglify something? Test it!  NAPLAN is the gunboat of corporate testucation that was introduced by Joel Klein, because corporate America demanded it of us. The Yanks actually believe that FEAR is the most effective motivator of the learning business. There was never any  sound education reason for introducing NAPLAN at the time. Schools were going great guns.  Now, things have all gone crazy…..it’s a radical imposition that has stolen three days of useless sweat from learning exercises; it abuses children with months of cerebral floggings each year,  for school uglification purposes only.  Then there are those boganisers who use the scores to set standards and compare.

No self-respecting parent would give, under normal circumstances, their permission for their children to undertake the preparation and  pain of NAPLAN, but parents have never been asked. NeverEver. No Australian parent has ever been offered the choice.  Australian educrats dictatorially force children to do NAPLAN tests, without permission from the parents or from the teacher or from the school.  Fascist behaviour? Yes. Close to criminal! Yes. What next?

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.

The NAPLAN control of the curriculum represents a system dominated by corporations operating locally  on behalf of bigger ones in the USA.

Talk about taking us for suckers!

Our politicians operate on behalf of these corporations and…

play dumb on their behalf.

It must be noted that our new federal minister, as all new ministers are prone to do, is looking for a gimmick, for which he will be remembered.  His is Voucher Schooling. We’ve been there, done that. It’s a giggle, Simon. Can’t we try something new? WHAT IS LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM ALL ABOUT? There’s a topic.  Let’s be original.

Wouldn’t we be better off encouraging all Australians to talk about the real business of schooling – in all schools?

You could be remembered for the sponsorship of …….

LEARNING       LEARNING         LEARNING         LEARNING           LEARNING

Why not have schools, that are allowed to think, to concentrate on LEARNING ?

Another Bedtime Story.  A mum tells me that her local state high school enrolment asks for her child’s NAPLAN results. Yes.  She did not fill in that part and was telephoned! She wants to know what sort of school she is sending her child to, that has to rely on NAPLAN results, which she knows to be useless, to guide her child through a very serious part of his development.  OMG. Let’s stop the NAPLAN crap before things get worse!

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