Phil Cullen

Phil’s Last Stand

It is with incredible pain and sorrow that I have to inform you that Phil Cullen, the greatest advocate for primary education our country has yet seen, passed suddenly this morning suffering a massive heart attack and his beloved Treehorn with all the memories Phil has shared with so many are now complete.  His last mail came this morning at a quarter to six, as below.  Edna phoned a minute ago so you are the first to know of our tragic loss.  You may have enjoyed some of Phil’s jousting with the powers that have contrived to threaten the very fabric of our society through education manipulation, the horrors of NAPLAN, still so loudly applauded by those who never knew the wonders of how a child learns.  Thank you for being part of the journey with Phil as I know he would have wished to say his thanks personally to you.
 
Sincerely
Bruce L Jones


REVIEW        EXAMINE         MODIFY

REPLACE

or

BAN

WE MUST GET RID OF NAPLAN COMPLETELY

Let’s not play around any longer.

Our children’s health, our nation’s wealth demands action.

What are we afraid of ?

Who are we afraid of?

We are very, very nasty to our children.

Free the kids. Free education. Free the system.



He was still going flat out yesterday when he wrote this:

AN EXAMINATION OF THE REVIEW OF THE $100MILLION+ PER YEAR FLOP.

AN EXAMINATIoN OF THE REVIEW

Australia is a little world, it seems,  full of Mr. Creakles – sadistic creatures who take pleasure out of scaring the daylights out of children. Creakle as headmaster of Salem House, took much more sadistic pleasure  out of belting David Copperfield than he did of belting prisoners in gaols that he later supervised. Why are there so many  sadists around Australia like him,  belting kids with threats and punishments of a more severe [mental] kind? 

” I thought that that  the new century was going to teach teachers how to love and help kids to get to the top of the tree and how to pupil their learning in the best ways possible for an unknown future” said Fred the Fearless in 2008. Nope, Fred. One day.

Teaching involves nodding, smiling, praising, scolding, hinting, encouraging disapproving, playing, helping, approving but never making attacks on a child’s self-esteem nor frightening them nor labelling them with numbers as Naplan is designed to do. Teaching is real. It’s personal. It’s treating people in fair-dinkum ways, as pupils, as human beings, with teacher and pupil on the same wavelength,  not as in a Creakle-robot kind of relationship that NAPLAN testing demands. What did present-day  kids do to deserve this decade-long change of feelings towards them?

They were born at the wrong time. They are still caught up with the crazy notions of the Labor-Liberal politicians of the post managerial days and have spent the dawn of the new century as the victims of a deliberate political stunt. Unless we do something soon, this robotification form of schooling will continue.. 

The corporations’ fawns don’t care how kids feel. Children are human beings, but they ignore that. Big business prefers  to kill personal initiative in children. They see it as a threat to their power. Ordinary tax-paying citizens ill have to say NO with the fervour of Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High survivors; and they must do it soon.

Poltards [retarded pollies] believe that there are votes in condemning teacher quality and test results,  so they like to show off by calling for a return to traditional robust values of ‘bang, crash, wallop’, more testing of the very young, [and…..of course…..phonics!]  

There is nothing honourable about NAPLAN, their tool of mass destruction. A  tool, approved and sponsored by corporate managerialism, it relies on totalitarian coercion and orwellian control to get its way. For ten years now, its reliance on an authoritarian style of management, resulting from the over-exertion of  hierarchical masturbation and a congenital holier-than-thou attitude.  

Australian schooling, already stuck with relics of  its convict-age-based test belief system,  is totally under the control of one man, a lost legal eagle who has a paranoiac obsession with testing and little interest in aspects of Learnacy.  Does his co-Minister for Health conduct tests by cutting people’s skin with a blunt knife; and then make judgements about the standards of surgery?  Are there any other portfolios under the charge of maniacal wreckulators that spend our money in extravagant ways? Does Pyne, previous Head Testucator,  now pull a plug out of his submarines  once each year to see if they are leak-proof or does he trust the builders? 

NAPLAN has a thoroughly stupid ideology. By testing only Literacy and Numeracy, it says that it tests all that a child needs to know. This nasty ideology then bullies our young ones to scare them into quack learning operations. 

There is an enormous importance in what happens in Australia this year. When we review its effectiveness, do Australians think  only ‘MODIFY NAPLAN’.  It’s to be hoped that wise reviewers will think beyond this limitation and accept the real challenge.  Which works best for our future? Can we stare down the big boys, get rid of it completely and introduce Learning?  

When do we replace Testucation with Education?  It costs well over $100million per years to run these useless tests. Teachers could use that kind of money for learning purposes.

Has anybody in authority heard about the future?

Take a look at the  map of the world. Together with our Kiwi mates we are out on our own, way down under. We are South Asia, useful to the big boys ‘up over’ for their materials and resources. Our part of the galaxy is changing  as it has never been changed before and it  is happening faster than we thought it would.  Over the next ‘n’ number of decades,  each Australian and Kiwi will become  a symbiotic advanced Asian person that has progressed through a  chosen  schooling system and learned  from contact with fellow Asians. As Aussies, we have heaps of raw materials now and are easily exploitable. The more belligerent amongst us believes that we can prevent asiafication with a few submarines positioned in mangroves across the north and some weapons carriers along the old Queensland Line. Others believe that we can retain our Aussieness by using a spirited learning-to-learn-and-cope model of learning in our schools, as the symbiosis unfolds gradually. 

You will have noticed many changes thus far. Which way do you prefer?

We don’t really know what to do,  do we? We appreciate that our descendents will have to cope with changes that are presently beyond our imagination. If we persist with present school/testucation  models that undermine learning, our children and our children’s children will be the dullards of the next century. That’s for sure……way down the bottom of any kind of  comparative  PISA results of the day, if you like.

If we would like the children of the future to enjoy this new world, this new Aussie-Asian world, it is imperative that we  have an education system that ‘thinks’; that is based on the highest codes of LEARNACY; that believes in LEARNING to LEARN and knows what Learning  is and can TEACH IT; that enjoys the high points of every school subject that they like; that can cope, can create, can innovate, can teach others; and has a genuine belief in love and happiness. Our new Australia aka South Asia will not be the simple-minded back-ward heading unit that it is now :a gigantic mine separating two oceans, with its citizens  learning by rote and practice; and gradgrinding in an atmosphere of dullness and fear that is only producing  mediocrity.  If there is a need for something to do in 2018, it is that we must know what we are doing and do better than we are doing.

We need to talk about this. We need to EXAMINE what we are doing to our schools; and do it thoroughly. 

Reviewing and modifying are for slow hack systems. We need to be bigger and do better than the ultracrepadarian sciolist presently running the show. Right?

If our system has to be run by show-offs, why not have something to show?

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By the way : What does ‘ultracrepadarian’ mean?   Think Simon. Think ACARA.  Think Naplanners  with that  special kind of mentality that we can do without.

What does NAPLAN mean ?       is for the Nervousness it’s causing;       A is for the Angst it causes too;                                                                                                                                                                               P the Pointless Practice, Practice;    the Loss of Learning that we rue.     A is for the Axe with which to Axe it;                                                                                                                                                                       this Needless Nuisance we deplore;

                                                                Put them all together they spell N A P L A N                                                                                                                                                               A thing  to ban for evermore.  [Ray Kelley]

                                                                       

 
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