Forward to fundamentals. For politicians who read about the important issues.

 Treehorn says ‘hello’…….

 “An example of crass political stupidity: If the Labor Party had thoroughly examined the impact of kleinism and NAPLAN, which are based clearly on ‘motivation by fear’, and had made ‘Ban NAPLAN’ part of its election commitments, it would have increased its voting numbers by tens of thousands.  There are heaps of teachers and concerned parents out there who would have willingly subscribed to the catch cry if it had been emphasised.  The evil of NAPLAN has been clearly validated and the ALP would have had a push-over. Even fair-dinkum liberal Libs. would have voted Labor.   The same admonition applies to all political parties.  Political parties can’t count.”

 Forward to Fundamentals

Silly Labor Party

 It’s all over. The coalition has a majority of one.  Chaos for another few years. We’ll fiddle around with gay marriages, superannuation, immigration, equal pay, trade unions, banking, pensions without addressing fundamental and vital issues concerning the direction of Australia’s economic and social future. I suspect that our PM would like to address more worthy  and more critical issues than those currently on the agenda, but is not allowed to do so.

 Australia seems to have about 100 years before we are completely embedded in an Asian culture of some sort and our children’s children and theirs will be part of it. Historian Ian Morris: “WHY THE WEST RULES – FOR NOW “  (Profile Books, 2011)  gives ‘us’ until 2103 [Don’t ask]. How well will our children’s children survive?  Should we care?  Nah…

 Well, at present we don’t  care much about the near future or our children’s part in it;  anything beyond next year is beyond us. Our education system, with its ‘back to drastics’ whimpishness,  under the control of an endless number of politicians, experts and media commentators,  who, in turn do what our father who art in New York wants them to do,  is in a mess, but we do nothing about it.

 Our system is a mish-mash-mess. Is the education of our children important or isn’t it?   Why do we pussy-foot around its importance?

 All the smarty pants [SMH Editorial 29/08/16] blame the quality of the teaching force for the decline in scores on PISA tests. That seems to be about the highest level of ‘intelligent’ public comment .  While all professions can be cited for improvement, Australians tend to pick on the teaching profession  because teachers give in so easily.  They’re easy meat.  If one travels overseas, however, one finds that there is nobody as efficient in the classroom as an Aussie teacher.  They are generally regarded as the best in the world. Where did our fellow whimps and know-it-alls get the idea that teacher quality is poor and is the cause of diminishing scores in NAPLAN tests, upon which nincompoops rely for value judgements of school performance? Cowardly Aussie commentators don’t bother to examine the subversive nature of the tests themselves  while such soft uncomplaining targets are available. Too easy.

 An example of crass political stupidity: If the Labor Party had thoroughly examined the impact of kleinism and NAPLAN,  both based clearly on ‘motivation by fear’, and had subsequently made ‘Ban NAPLAN’ part of its election commitments – for known reasons – it would have increased its voting numbers by tens of thousands.  There are heaps of teachers and knowledgeable concerned parents out there who would have willingly subscribed to the catch cry  ‘Ban NAPLAN’ if it had been emphasised. Even liberal Liberals would have voted Labor.  The evil has been clearly validated and the ALP would have had a push-over. The same admonition applies to all political parties.  They don’t seem to give a stuff about kids.  And….Political parties, certainly the ALP,  just can’t count.

 These comments do not take account of the financial cost. No politician is brave enough to reveal how much the administration of NAPLAN testing costs. It is said to exceed $20 million. $30 million has been mentioned. More like a billion dollars when every aspect of kleinism in taken into account.  What is the cost of the tablets being provided just to make the test results get to testucrats asap, so that the data can be compiled? What is the cost of waste?

 NAPLAN is a complete waste of money and time[“Millions of dollars and trillions of hours.” according to Brady]. You can bet London to a brick that the savings that can be made by its abolition will not be one of the measures for our famous omnibus. But then the money can be transferred internally to useful activities that Education Departments perform. Let’s hope so.

 Let’s guesstimate  that NAPLAN  IS costing millions and millions of dollars. Over a billion!  Probably. Can Australia afford to chuck so much down the drain for such universally known, worthless enterprises?  Does Mr. Morrison like NAPLAN so much?  Wouldn’t Mr. Pyne prefer to spend the money on another submarine that will prevent an anticipated armed invasion [from New Zealand? ] at some time during the remainder of this century?  Do our thinking caps fit?

 Don’t these people and their colleagues want the best for their children?

 Which all begs the question……Where are our priorities?  Can we afford to be so inane…insane…crude….plain stupid?   Where are we going?  How did Finland and other places develop a philosophy of achievement and joy in learning ?  Why can’t we?  It’s not what they do now, but how did they arrange it? Why don’t we have a clear vision?  Why don’t our kids love learning for what it is?  Why do we keep just chucking money around on the worthless?  With a bit of Aussie gumption, we can do better than any other country on the planet.

 Bugger it. Nobody’s interested.

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Phil Cullen 07 5524 6443  0407865999   cphilcullen@bigpond.com
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