Aussie Friends of Treehorn
protecting school children from nasty excesses of the greedy and misguided
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.
“The schoolground is a battleground for defining status.”
I think that Don Willower said that. He wrote so much of down to earth practical value about examining and defining the culture of schools, that he is worth googling. I should recommend his writings to principals of schools, especially those who consider their role in educational leadership as one of dedication to human welfare and who have a deep interest in maintaining the highest of ethical standards in the pursuit of excellence.
He, as each of us does, admires the “imagination and inventiveness of those who want to work in a profession [educational administration] which seeks to contribute to human progress and growth.”
No matter what kind of school a child attends, each one seeks to find his or her own place in it; and the task of the principal is to make sure that they do – as comfortably as possible. Each pupil is unique and school systems’ traditional attempts to mould them into replicas of each other is resisted by most of them. They know that they must attend school because the law insists on it. They can think of better things to do and they want to maintain their individuality as well as their place in the system, but It’s not easy in a system whose teaching philosophy is based simply on the collection of test data and little else. Learning is natural; fear-based testing is not. Pupils know this. Adults don’t seem to.
Australians seem to have their knickers in a twist at present because, if you follow current press statements, our playgrounds are full of sexually, racially and religiously different pupils, being targeted by homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullies and by racially-pure and religiously-expert bullies, who have an extreme fear of dilution of the Australian species. The religiously different take up too much space, so the non-Christian must also cop it from our local bullies. Catholics, also, now need a bit of stick, because they are mostly paedophilic disciples of Cardinal Pell.
We’ll never run out of victims while these neo-liberal values prevail, and the test-based system will always provide plenty of bullies. The only safe school is a home school or a test-free one.
I don’t remember too many bullies during my time as a school principal. Now they are swarming. A special program has been compiled by experts to handle all this. ‘Safe Schools’ it is called. It is not universally popular, but never mind, it’s a chance to take a shot at schools and the way they are run.
Who’d really want to be a principal with sincere vocational principles, these days?
One thing you can be sure of, is that many of the bullies in the schoolgrounds are NAPLAN victims who know that their own intellectual worth is greater than the sum of their Naplan scores. They have to find an outlet for their frustrations, caused by being reminded about their inadequacies….They have to kick the cat. NAPLAN victims become schoolground bullies. They need to deck someone. It feels good after some bigger bully has just decked you with ridiculous tests. Society is providing plenty of school chaos. The longer NAPLAN lasts the longer we’ll have plenty of bullies.
The government is finding NAPLAN too hard to handle. The best thing for it to do is mention it as little as possible. The sensible thing to do is to drop it, but common sense is not the issue.
There needs to be a far greater discussion about the evil attached to this great NAPLAN stunt. It’s a lot more than just getting higher scores on a silly test. It’s cancerous. It’s run by influemtial, greedy people who have the power to maintain it. Their use of lower-order bullying modes of control only provokes anger in the victims. This kind of fear-laden stimulation that, they think, works on human beings, really has no place in any school situation..
You will note the high level of publicity given to the public announcement that parents can pull their children out of the ‘Safe Schools’ program, but parents are not informed of these rights when it comes to the constant big-time system-bullying of children’s emotional cognition during the NAPLAN season….which is now.
This tells us what kind of bullies run the show.
Phil Cullen 41 Cominan Avenue Banora Point Australia 2486 firstname.lastname@example.org http://primaryschooling.net/ http://qldprimaryprincipals.wordpress.com/
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Who does what to whom in what manner and why?
Why do we tolerate it?
Let’s protect our kids from cowardly politicians, greedy corporations and misguided school-measurers, who just don’t know what damage they are doing.