Month: March 2018
A new report has concluded that ten years of NAPLAN have done nothing to improve Australian students’ numeracy standards. In other stunning news, a century of climate scientists measuring that it’s getting kinda hot apparently hasn’t solved global warming.
A Lack of Moral Authority
The Victorian Minister for Education has announced that the state’s senior school curriculum will undergo a review. The stated focus of the review is to consider whether “there should be a more explicit requirement for students to meet minimum standards of literacy and numeracy …“. The review appears to be strongly supported by industry, with a representative of the Australian Industry Group noting that “many companies complained school leavers made mistakes in spelling and grammar, and could not do basic maths“.
Dumb and dumber.
First, let’s note that Victorian schools have 12 years (plus prep) to teach the 3 Rs. That works out to 4 years (plus prep/3) per R, yet somehow it’s not working. Somehow the standards are sufficiently low that senior students can scale an exhausting mountain of assignments and exams, and still too many students come out lacking basic skills.
Secondly, the Minister has determined that the review will be conducted by the VCAA, the body already responsible for Victorian education.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then the definition of insane governance is expecting the arrogant clown factory responsible for years of educational idiocy to have any willingness or ability to fix it.