Replied to No, minister! Keep NAPLAN results away from student job applications (The Conversation)

The more we conflate learning with NAPLAN performance, the more we risk making misguided decisions on schooling policy and practice. The notion that threatening the future of Year 9 students will “encourage them to give their best efforts while sitting NAPLAN” is dangerous and detracts from the meaningful work occurring every day in classrooms.

I recently started reading Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities. For me this captures the problem with such things as NAPLAN where students are feed formulas to ‘pass the test’, but then struggle to find a voice in their writing. What frustrates me is that the test would achieve the same validity if it were based on a sample group as PISA is. However, there are some who want it both ways. Not only do they want the systemic pulse check, but they want the individual pulse check too.
Liked For the first time in a long time, we’re setting up a generation to be worse off than the one before it (The Conversation)

Most Australians want to leave the world a better place for those that come after them.

It’s time to make sure we do it.

Lots of older Australians are doing their best, individually, supporting their children via the “Bank of Mum and Dad”, caring for grandchildren, and scrimping through retirement to leave their kids a good inheritance.

These private transfers help a lucky few, but they don’t solve the broader problem. In fact, inheritances exacerbate inequality because they largely go to the already wealthy.

We need policy changes.

Reducing or eliminating tax breaks for “comfortably off” older Australians would be a start.