Tell VCAA What You Think. Now!

You have four days left to complete VCAA’s questionnaire on the loathsome mathematics Study Design. Do it. Consider completing this task the fee for all the jokes and the catharsis provided by this blog.

Of course you needn’t parrot the views of this blog. You needn’t note that the current loathsome Study Design is loathsome. There is no requirement to note that CAS poisons everything and that, other than Outer Mongolia or somewhere, there’s not another region in the World that imposes this technocrap in the manner of VCAA, and that there’s not an iota of evidence that this technocrap is of any proper purpose or benefit whatsoever. You may skip mentioning that pseudocode is pointless and that “algorithmic thinking”, if anything at all, is just a trashed version of mathematical reasoning. There is no obligation to highlight that hypothesis testing at the school level is pointless and unanchored garbage, loathed far and wide, including by professors of statistics. You can stay absolutely silent about the need for a senior mathematics curriculum to be based around properly deep and mutually reinforcing topics, and that this hasn’t been seen in Victoria since John Batman wandered up the Yarra. I will not be making any suggestions whatsoever of what you might say. It is totally up to you.

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Can Students Do Their Homework Anymore?

A couple months ago, we had a post on homework, and the research of some educations clowns arguing that homework can “lead to the compounding of intergenerational negative mathematical dispositions and identities”. And so on. This included parents whining about the incomprehensibility of their Year 3 kids’ homework. Whatever. Back on Planet Earth, where Year 3 homework is comprehensible or, preferably, non-existent, there are questions of what homework is and what it should be. To this end, frequent commenter Terry Mills has asked,

I would like to know what sort of homework policies are used in other schools, particularly, but not only, for mathematics.

So, how does your school mandate or constrain homework? And although Terry doesn’t ask, how should your school mandate or constrain homework? How much do teachers pay attention to any such rules?

And, here’s your song:

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Estimating a Censorious Twit

About a week ago, eSafety censor Julie Inman Grant appeared before the Senate Environment and Communications Committee. The most notable (= most nauseating) exchanges are compiled in the video below, and Inman Grant’s entire performance is here (14:21 – 16:51). When watching, it is worth keeping in mind Inman Grant’s latest act of heavy-handed censorship, and Inman Grant’s recent chickening out of a Musk-brawl, which Inman Grant defends in a convenient brown-nosing interview. Previous posts on this censorious asshole are here and here.

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