Explicit Objections

The New South Wales Department of Education is cajoling, and possibly commanding, teachers to engage in “explicit teaching”. What does that mean? According to the Department, Explicit teaching practices involve teachers clearly showing students what to do and how to do it, rather than having students discover that information themselves. Yeah, what dinosaurs.

Has NAPLAN Improved?

It’s difficult to imagine. NAPLAN is still a testing of “numeracy” and all the little that that implies. Someone I trust, however, has suggested the test has improved in recent years. But of course, ACARA’s bone-deep paranoia* means that it’s very tricky to see any recent tests, and thus to make any judgment.