A TREEHORN MESSAGE
NAPLAN/NOPLAN CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM – SCIENCE
Noplan, controller of Australian school standards, has done it again. Determined to maintain a fear-laden testing base to Australia’s education system, it has added to a world wide school reputation that we can do without.
NAPLAN is the absolute, unquestioned, only cause of our ‘falling standards’. Yes. It is!
Once amongst the top dogs in the world-wide PISA contests and others, we are now 14th in Science, 16th in Reading, 25th in Maths out of 72 competing countries. Statisticians tell us that we are behind Asian countries, whom we once helped with their schooling problems.
What has happened to us?
Simple…..the children don’t like doing tests nor getting ready for them. It’s boring and unpleasant and not part of proper schooling. Our pupils are telling us to ‘…cut it out. We want to learn.’ We overdo it. As plain as the nose on your face, it’s clear that we are turning our kids off learning…..off schooling..
Noplan is a prismatic disaster. It’s a failure, no matter which way you look at it. Instead of provoking industry and scholastic effort, it creates dislike for subjects that, scholastically, crave loving, fearless attention and spirit and challenge……not being belted around the place, used as weapons of fear and anxiety and distaste.
Suppose you lived overseas [e.g. P.N.G.],would you, as a concerned parent, send your child to Australia for schooling? If you wanted a complete, total, holistic, proper education for your child, would you send him or her to a school that claimed notoriety through its NAPLAN scores?
What is wrong with an education system that starts with the requirements of the child?
What is wrong with an education system that tries to satisfy each child’s zest for learning?
What is wrong with an education system that puts no limit on a child’s achievements?
What is wrong with an education system that develops learning habits that last a lifetime?
What is wrong with us?