So you think the best way to prepare kids for the real world is to bus them to a government institution where they're forced to spend all day isolated with children of their own age and adults who are paid to be with them, placed in classes that are too big to allow more than a few minutes of personal interaction with the teacher-then spend probably an hour or more everyday waiting in lunch lines, car lines, bathroom lines, recess lines, classroom lines and are forced to progress at the speed of the slowest child in class?
These [anti-NAPLAN] papers have been compiled by a group of concerned educators who are speaking out for the many teachers, principals, parents and administrators who are constrained from speaking publicly. Our aim is to present factual information about NAPLAN that is not always reported or understood. We are keen to publicise the fact that the NAPLAN tests are not compulsory and that there are many more beneficial ways of finding out what children know. NAPLAN has political not educational purposes....NAPLAN tests are done once a year, using only around 40 quesions per test. As a consequence, NAPLAN tests are limited in their coverage of the wide range of skills in literacy and numeracy, and in their capability to measure the achievement levels of individual students. Yet this very limited assessment system is being used as if it is capable of much more.
It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. To the contrary, I believe it would be possible to rob even a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness, if it were possible, with the aid of a whip, to force the beast to devour continuously, even when not hungry.