AUSSIE FRIENDS OF TREEHORN
Treehorn Everychild was the hero of a book by Florence Parry Heide: The Shrinking of Treehorn. When he was severely afflicted, worried and puzzled, the adults closest to him – parents, bus-driver, teacher, principal – preferred to ignore him. They had other things to do. The conclusion to the book is dramatic. He lost faith in all adults. When his skin started to turn a violent green, he had adjudged by then that adults don’t care about school kids and the book concludes : “Treehorn sighed. ‘I don’t think I’ll tell anyone.’ he thought to himself. “If I don’t say anything, they won’t notice.’”
NAPLAN the WOMBAT disappoints
The WOMBAT results are available. Simon Birmingham, Nick Baird, Robert Randell and others have their knickers in a twist over the results. One wonders what they expected. If they had read The Treehorn Express and allied material over the past few years, they would have known,
If they had applied a version of Rotary’s Four Way Test..
1. Is it useful?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Does it help children to learn better?
4. Does it help teachers to teach better?
they would have dumped it years ago.
NAPLAN is a threat to decent schooling and an instrument of child abuse that takes basic immorality, common sense, fiscal wisdom and professional ethics to their worst extremity.
Australia can do without it.
While its local propagators and supporters, testucators and politicians sit glumly looking at the results, the corporate giants at the money-making end [ publishers, programmers, chemists, child-welfare institutions etc.] are rubbing their greedy hand together with glee.