The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy test, commonly referred to as the Naplan Test, is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008. This year there is to be a crackdown on cheating, and what form of cheating are we talking about, why teachers doing their job and educating our children, that’s what type.
This is a classic case of bureaucracy gone mad, how can anything that a teacher teaches their students possibly be construed as cheating. Don’t secondary students getting a couple of weeks off before their end of year exams to study, is that not the same thing, or are they cheating as well. I think there are more things for the bureaucrats to worry about than teachers coaching their students for a test, they are simply doing their jobs.
The argument is that the test is meant to be a snap shot of the levels of literacy and numeracy in our children in general, it is not a matter of who is smarter than who. My argument is that teachers coaching our kids for these tests is a good thing, here’s a crazy idea, it may just raise the levels of literacy and numeracy in our kids. We can’t have that now can we.
On a different subject I sometimes get accused of walking around with my head up my own butt, of not noticing the world around me, not this week. I have been shocked to see so many offensive bumper stickers on cars, complete with four letter words. You can call me old-fashioned if you like but I am not averse to “colorful” language, I often use the odd expletive myself, but I do object to seeing the word “f#@k” on bumper stickers, t-shirts, or anything else for that matter, the sale of these things should be banned.
That is my rant for the day. 🙂