The Need to Think
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 .
Convention time is coming up. How many educationists will be discussing schooling issues like NAPLAN, Accountability, LEARNING in CLASSROOMS, Schooling, PISA results, Quality, Testing, Appraisal, Evaluation?
What effects will their Conference outcomes have on our political masters and on their testing industry?
The belief that systems and practices should be organized according to principles of standardization, efficiency, practicality, and measurable utility (over and above philosophical, humanistic or ethical considerations) is neo-liberalism at its messiest. Such criteria have been used to legitimate empiricist and market driven forms of education that serve the interest of a closed and authoritarian order rather than an open and democratic society (Giroux, H. “Disposable youth, racialized memories and the culture of cruelty”, Routledge, 2012).
Poor Australia. It’s sinking.
Phil Cullen 41 Cominan Avenue Banora Point Australia 2486 07 5524 6443 firstname.lastname@example.org http://primaryschooling.net/ http://qldprimaryprincipals.wordpress.com/