Well, not in those terms. Greg Ashman is always polite and professional, to a fault. But, clearly, ACARA has pissed Greg off.
As regular readers will be aware, ACARA’s Top Secret Draft Curriculum was not approved by the recent education ministers meeting, and consequently ACARA was effectively ordered by Acting Minister Robert to go back, to consult with “experts” and to get it right. For sundry reasons, this is an impossible and absurd assignment, but everyone in charge is hell-bent on pretending otherwise. And so, ACARA apparently went away to form a Top Secret Committee to engage in a Top Secret Consultation Process on their Top Secret Draft Curriculum.
To be fair, there are good reasons for ACARA’s Top Secrecy. After all, if the public and the media and the (genuine) experts were to have access to the process and to the current Draft then … Nope, we take it back. There are no reasons whatsoever. ACARA is simply out of their arrogant, cowardly, tiny little mind. The secrecy throughout is sufficient reason to wish for David de Carvalho and the entire ACARA Board to be sacked.
Anyway, back to Greg Ashman. As Greg revealed today in his excellent post, Why I will not be helping ACARA, Greg had been invited to be part of ACARA’s Top Secret Committee and to attend ACARA’s Top Secret Meeting on March 15. Greg writes in his post that he declined ACARA’s invitation. Why? Because Greg was pissed off by having to sign a “Deed of Confidentiality”.
Three cheers for Greg Ashman.
To be clear, it is reasonable to question why Greg was included as a candidate for ACARA’s Top Secret Committee, and the value of such an inclusion. In brief, our opinion is that we’d be happy for Greg to be on such a Not Top Secret Committee, but we find it a bit odd that he was given the opportunity. Greg is a smart guy and, although he naturally focuses on his own research and consequent edu-battles, Greg is batting for the Good Team, and he bats well for the Good Team. Nonetheless, it is far from clear why Greg was invited to be part of ACARA’s Top Secret Committee, and it is worthy of an explanation (which, of course, we’ll never get).
But, all that is beside the point here. The point here is that ACARA’s secrecy is idiotic and insidious, and Greg Ashman has called them on it.
Three more cheers for Greg Ashman.