Time for educators to make a stand in NZ
What follows is the final effort of a respected Australian Educator Phil Cullen. Australia ( and the UK and the US ) has, due to political pressure, gone down the National testing route. Those who know of Phil have great respect for his efforts to rid Australian schooling of a political influence that has distorted the true purpose of education. No one could say you didn't do your best Phil. Thanks for your efforts over the years - go and enjoy your family and golf. You deserve it cobber!
Although we haven't gone so far down the test orientated route as the Australians we are well on our way. With an election later this year it is time for educators to flex their voices and make their views heard.
The current government ignores or denigrates those who oppose their educational policies. Our Leading and Learning blog does its best to remind teachers of the importance of a holistic creative education as does the writings of ex Senior Inspector Kelvin Smythe through his Networkonnect site. His view on Standards
See also the writings of Lester Flockton another ex school inspector
But where are the voices of teachers and principals?
On his Facebook page Pat Newman ( 13/5/17) writes ' Like lambs to the slaughter NZ teachers continue their history of taking up every Ministry initiative totally disregarding pedagogy and logic around where these initiatives will lead : National Standards; Acceptance of EDUCANZ; the new Communities of Learning'.
National Standards in particular has resulted in the narrowing of the curriculum with less time allowed to other vital creative learning areas. Our respected National Curriculum has , in the process been sidelined. An audit, compliance, accountability and surveillance culture is now part of our system.
Now read the final words of an Australian Educator who has fought a long battle against the technocrats.
Last words by an Australian Legend
'Bye Treehorn' - by Phil Cullen
|Rural school Queensland|
|Over tested kids!!|
|Time to speak out!|
|Oz - lost the anti authority spirit|
|NAPLAN testing distorts learning|
You see...ouch....The motion was at the AEU Conference was withdrawn on the same day and the notion of freedom abandoned. Never learned why. Very little mention of NAPLAN by the AEU since. Did the big boys capture Him, or was it the AEU? The big end of town seems to believe that it is dominant enough to do either. I may never learn what happened to the original motion.
|Learning not testing|
They would not need any sexy inexperienced measurement sciolist from outside the school gate to judge their capacity, and brand them with a number. Schooling would be real schooling, real learning. School leavers would not need an HSC score or NAPLAN score. Hirers would ask the school about their applicants and be given the full picture.
changes are usually imposed from the politicial apex, downwards. We keep starting at the wrong end. Education 3000?" At all times, the large and dangerous changes have been initiated by sciolistic ne'er-do-wells, who have had their decisions confirmed by the kinds of political party decision-making, for whom absurdity is not a handicap.
money. The 37 kids from my railway-fettlers' one-teacher school at Baking Board have contributed significantly to Australia's welfare as has every other school. Schooling is about the promotion of learning and that banking corporation called UBS, needs to let go of the hooks on our institutions that they use to control our schooling system, our politicians and our media
Why not just give the profession back to teachers?
|Where are our mavericks?|
|Rupert Murdock- educator?|
heir professional code OR if ACSSO (Australian Council of State School Organsations) suggested to their members that they say NO to 'NAPLAN' OR more mums and dads at home, thinking seriously about their child's future, would refuse to allow their children to participate....... like the parents of those 337 out of 343 pupils at Kimberley College, Brisbane have done OR some political party members would just sit down and talk about the meaning of school.