A New High School Principal Introduces Himself

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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.

NAPLAN has nothing to do with learning. It has nothing to do with teaching. It has nothing to do with real schooling. It has to do with finding fault and making money. It’s an ineffective, unreliable and invalid device that makes the most of young children’s vulnerability and it deliberately threatens their cognitive development and emotional stability.

A New High School Principal Introduces Himself

To the students and faculty of our high school:

I am your new principal, and honoured to be so.

There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school.

I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in Australia and are now pervasive, have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.

 

First, this school recognises that learning per se is an individual effort.

You are not a student at this school. You are a pupil. Pupil infers learning from a teacher.[My comments]

You attend this school because you want to learn as much as you can from those willing to help you.

We cannot make you learn if you are not willing to do so.

You will want to learn because we want to teach you how to learn and because you want to achieve.

The rest of your life will be learning focussed and will be measured by you, according to your personal achievements.

We undertake to help you to learn HOW to learn according to your individual abilities. and interests.

 

Second, this school respects your rights to humane treatment. You will be treated as a person, with emotions and wants and needs.

No fear laden tests that classify your individuality or intellect, will be used or made known to anyone but yourself.

We will share the evaluation of everything that you learn with you. You will measure your progress and we teachers will help you to do so.

Together we will aim for the very top, and ignore those static one-hit useless blanket tests, mandated by government, used by some schools. Any forms of in-class testing will be pertinent, related to the current learning enterprise; and motivational.

We believe strongly in the supremacy of basic literacy and numeracy skills and you will achieve very high in these aspects of learning because you will want to.

 

Third, this school will no longer honour race or ethnicity.

I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Endeavour or on convict ships.

The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity.

And the only national identity this school will care about is Australia.

This is an Australian public school, and Australian public schools were created to make better Australians.

If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere.

We will end all ethnicity, race and non-Australian nationality-based celebrations and this school will be guided by Australia’s values. This includes all after-school clubs.

I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities.

This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.

Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties.

Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself.

So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more.

If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

 

Fourth , I am uninterested in whether English is your native language.

My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible.

The English language has united Australia’s citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school.

It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country.

And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the Australian job market.

We will learn other languages here, but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

 

Fifth , because I regard learning as a sacred endeavour, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status.

This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly.

Many people in our society dress more formally for Horse Racing events than for church or school.

These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

 

Sixth , no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events.

If you can’t speak without using the f -word, you can’t speak.

By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Abbo,” even when used by one black student to address another black, or “bitch,”even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few of your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

 

Sixth , we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it  a generation ago — by earning it.

 

Seventh , and last, I am reorienting the school toward learning-to-learn and achievement. Your achievements will not be measured by any one-hit external external standardised tests but by yourself and your teachers. You will be proud of your achievements no matter how modest they are nor how inadequate you think you are. You are a proud learner and you will be good at it

 

We will have failed if any one of you graduates from  this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate to be alive and to be an Australian.

Now, please stand and join me in the singing of ‘Advance Australia Fair”’.

If you are new to the school and do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.

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Phil Cullen  41 Cominan Avenue  Banora Point  Australia 2486  07 5524 6443   cphilcullen@bigpond.com             http://primaryschooling.net/
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How do Learners Learn at School?

  The Treehorn Express                           

Treehorn? http://primaryschooling.net/?page_id=1924

Theme song:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQj-6F7yPM8

“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

Treehorn Express is dedicated to the cessation of Kleinist NAPLAN testing in Australian.   Kleinism is a New York version of fear-driven schooling which  uses the blanket testing ‘wmd’ called NAPLAN to destroy the reputation of  public schooling.      This weapon was introduced to schools in Australia in 2009. It disrespects children, devalues teachers’ professionalism and threatens the developmental future of Australia.     Ideologically, NAPLAN is immoral, politically driven, curriculum destructive, extremely costly, unprofessional, interruptive and very divisive. It is clearly aimed in a malicious manner  at public schooling and its teachers.  It also strives for mandated, standardised mediocre achievements in only a very few aspects of a full school curriculum in all schools.  It will survive until enough good people say, “Stop it.”

Click on the Naplan site for more details : http://www.nap.edu.au/information/FAQs/index.html

“”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””How

How Do Learners Learn At School?

I asked a parent this question. He thought about it quite seriously and then remarked. “The teacher teaches them something, maybe from the black-board.  She then questions them and might set a test or the kids write something down.”

Well, we all know that there is much more to the learning process than that. They were mentioned earlier in The Treehorn Express [10 August, 2011],  The list is worthy of careful thought and consideration. Teachers can  think of an instance for each activity and try to figure how many can be used in one learning activity. The more the merrier, perhaps???

brainstorming     grouping      rationalising

choosing     inferring     reflecting

classifying     inventing     recalling

comparing     investigating     repeating

constructing     listening     representing

contrasting     manipulating     seriating

copying     matching     smelling

counting     mimicking     taking roles

creating     ordering     talking

deducing     planning     tasting

evaluating     practising     testing

experimenting     predicting     touching

exploring     pretending     verifying

generalising     questioning     watching

Learning to learn is an involved business, right?

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     Re-form  Compulsory  Schooling.

Start at the classroom.

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Re-form   – NOT reform [meaning ‘change’].

RE-FORM.  Start the system again.

Design it from the bottom up – with the knowledge of how children learn in school-room settings. What goes on in each classroom is the only thing that matters. For goodness sake, all you politicians….set things up so that expert classroom operators can consider their task and work on how to do better than we are presently doing. Arrange things to improve what goes on with learning in a classroom. Don’t make decisions on what you think goes on.

Compulsory – The starting age for compulsory attendance needs to be determined by examining the accumulated knowledge of the learning habits of children in the first decade of their life; and how they develop their idiosyncratic learning styles.  Special effort is required for setting the age to start undertaking institutionalised, regular, organised learning habits.  Should there be a completion age?

Schooling – The word ‘education’ is a nondescript word that says nothing important. A child’s education happens all the time during waking hours. A child’s schooling is special, when attendance is compulsory.

Classroom – The place where we force children to spend time so they can learn things and develop their unique styles of learning. To have each classroom work efficiently and effectively is why society appoints Ministers of Education and Secretaries.  The effect of their decisions on what happens in school classrooms during the years of compulsion is their main job… probably meant to be their only job.  To have classrooms work well is why Principals, Senior Education officials and advisers have a job, also.  Their curriculum leadership [guiding learners through certain learnings] is their main role, their only role is they can manage it. This professional group needs to know as much about each classroom within their care as possible and to be in them as often as possible. They need to have had hard-yard experience, to read widely and know more than most about schooling.

The home rooms themselves need to be of a size and shape, and contain sufficient learning material that allows for the full range of teaching strategies. Can you describe an ideal classroom for various age groups and various school activities?

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Like to check the recent ‘Treehorns’ ?    Click on Recent Posts and Archives in the sidebar.

Phil Cullen

41 Cominan Avenue

Banora Point

Australia 2486

07 5524 6443

cphilcullen@bigpond.com

http://primaryschooling.net

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What is a good school?

The Treehorn Express

Treehorn? http://primaryschooling.net/?page_id=1924

Theme song:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQj-6F7yPM8

“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

Treehorn Express is dedicated to the cessation of Kleinist NAPLAN testing in Australian.   Kleinism is a New York version of fear-driven schooling which  uses the blanket testing ‘wmd’ called NAPLAN to destroy the reputation of  public schooling.      This weapon was introduced to schools in Australia in 2009. It disrespects children, devalues teachers’ professionalism and threatens the developmental future of Australia.     Ideologically, NAPLAN is immoral, politically driven, curriculum destructive, extremely costly, unprofessional, interruptive and very divisive. It is clearly aimed in a malicious manner  at public schooling and its teachers.  It also strives for mandated, standardised mediocre achievements in only a very few aspects of a full school curriculum in all schools.  It will survive until enough good people say, “Stop it.”

Click on the Naplan site for more details : http://www.nap.edu.au/information/FAQs/index.html

“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””WHA

What is a good school?

http://primaryschooling.net/?page_id=483

Two very tall giants of effective schooling in recent times have been John Goodlad [Listed amongst the ‘Fifty Modern Teachers in Education’] of the Washington Univcersity. and Sir Alec Clegg [former CEO of the West Riding of Yorkshire]. Author of over 30 books, his most recent is In Praise of Education. His most famous is an award winner: A Place Called School. There is more detail  and one other view, if you click the site indicated just above.

John Goodlad, in “The School I’d Like To See” says…

*teach the processes of thinking ….”learning to think would be the prime focus of the entire school”.”

*arranged in phases, not grades or year levels

*multi-aged…to give each child to be amongst the oldest and youngest in a group

*phases would be guided by teams led by experienced, qualified teachers

*literacy of learning would transcend any other form of literacy

*different adult models available

*great deal of self-selection of activities

*no marks, scores or grades; no stylised report cards; no external rewards

The school would be concerned with the processes of personal realisation and fulfilment of individual identity, of individuals able to participate in all the richness that could lie ahead.

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Sir Alec Clegg discusses “Some School Matters” and present his views of a good school.

*a place of orderliness,involvement and courtesy

*minimal anger; constant sharing and mutual help

*surroundings that add interest and stimulus

*where work is a joy; full opportunities for conversation

*and emphasis on play, with physical skill available to all, but not ruined by excessive competition

The school will be a haven from fear, where honesty prevails; a place to be shared where thought, reason and logic will be pursued in the desire to discover; this desire to be shared by teachers who have a similar liveliness of curiosity. Standards of excellence will be pursued by all.

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Where are some examples of good schools?  There are so many of them, despite  political efforts to standardise them and curb their search for excellence. More are refusing to pursue the imposed fear-driven tactics; and their search for excellence is unimpeded.  Many better ones have had to adjust for national blanket testing and their search is curbed. This is the great shame of the 21st century.

 http://primaryschooling.net/?page_id=231

Re-form  Compulsory  Schooling.

Start at the classroom.

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Re-form   – NOT reform [meaning ‘change’].

RE-FORM. Start the system again. Design it from the knowledge of how children learn in school-room settings. What goes on in each classroom is the only thing that matters. For goodness sake, all you politicians….set things up so that expert classroom operators can consider their task and work on how to do better than we are presently doing. Don’t make decisions on what you think goes on.

Compulsory – The starting age for compulsory attendance needs to be determined by examining the accumulated knowledge of the learning habits of children and how they develop their idiosyncratic learning styles.  Special effort is required for setting the age to start undertaking institutionalised, regular, organised learning habits.  Should there be a completion age?

Schooling – The word ‘education’ is a nondescript word that says nothing important. A child’s education happens all the time during waking hours. A child’s schooling is special, especially when it is forced on you..

Classroom – The place where we force children to spend time so they can learn things and develop their unique styles of learning. To have each classroom work efficiently and effectively is why society appoints Ministers of Education and Secretaries.  The effect of their decisions on what happens in school classrooms is surely their main job. To have classrooms work well is why Principals, Senior Education officials and advisers have a job, also.  Their curriculum [guiding learners through certain learnings] leadership is their main role. This last group needs to know as much about each classroom within their care as possible and to be in them as often as possible. They need to read widely and know more than most about schooling.

The home rooms themselves need to be of a size and shape, and contain sufficient learning material that allows for the full range of teaching strategies. Can you describe an ideal classroom for various age groups and various school activities?

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Like to check the recent ‘Treehorns’ ?   Click Recent Posts and Archives links in the sidebar.

Phil Cullen

41 Cominan Avenue

Banora Point

Australia 2486

07 5524 6443

cphilcullen@bigpond.com

http://primaryschooling.net

The Reality of What is Happening

The  Treehorn   Express 

Who’s Treehorn? http://primaryschooling.net/?page_id=1924

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Treehorn Express is dedicated to the elimination of  the Kleinist-based NAPLAN in Australian schools . Kleinism is a New York version of fear-driven schooling which uses the blanket-testing ‘wmd’ called NAPLAN to destroy the reputation of public schooling and its teachers. It was introduced into Australia in 2009 without discussion or thought for the consequences.  It disrespects children, devalues teachers’ professionalism and threatens the social and financial future of Australia.  Corporation-initiated NAPLAN is immoral, politically driven, curriculum destructive, extremely costly, unprofessional, interruptive, and very divisive. While it is clearly aimed at the destruction of  public schooling and its teachers, it sponsors standardised mediocrity in all schools. Click on the ACARA website for more details  http://www.nap.edu.au/information/FAQs/index.html

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This is a very important video clip.

It puts each of us clearly in the picture regarding the background to NAPLAN and Kleinism, copied from our friend up-over.

YOU WILL NOT SPEND A BETTER HOUR THAN WATCHING THIS

Imagine each of the speakers is Australian and is speaking about our schools. The comments apply.

It is a pity that it does not get a chance to circulate around schools.

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4409

[P.S. Notice the coffee cups : ‘Don’t Trust Corporate Media’. Yes Rupert gets a mention. See previous Treehorns]

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Have you checked the recent Treehorns? Check Recent Posts and Archives on side bar.

Phil Cullen

41 Cominan Avenue

Banora Point

Australia 2486

07 5524 6443

cphilcullen@bigpond.com

Please make sure that as many people as possible see this video clip. 

It is like attending a critical conference.

Allow a full, uninterrupted hour.

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