The gist of Christopher Bantick’s articles often seems to be that he is pretty much the only competent English (sorry, senior literature) teacher in the country and all others need to lift their games. He is, however, spot on about NAPLAN (“Cheats thrive and NAPLAN prospers”, 30/4).
When Julia Gillard became federal education minister she was apparently miffed when told that there was no easy way of knowing which were the best schools in the land. NAPLAN was born out of a desire to have a simple school rating system, but the tests are not capable of doing this and making them high stakes has damaged rather than improved the nation’s school system. But hey, what does that matter if a senior politician could claim a signature reform?
It is unlikely that this waste of public funds will stop any time soon but, at the very least, politicians and bureaucrats should stop telling fibs about NAPLAN providing diagnostic information that is useful to teachers. Apart from other problems, the time frame doesn’t allow that.
Atherton SHS Presents
Atherton State High School Presents will be the first activity for the Townsville Branch in 2019. The program is designed to share experiences and practical advice relating to the different contexts of English. Full details are available here. Where: Pimlico SHS When: Saturday 16 February, 2019 Time: AGM - 8:30, first sess...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
I know that ETAQ conferences in the past have never disappointed - valuable, relevant, practical, inspiring so I came again.Read All