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NAPLAN — and why parents should LOVE it!

Yes, the controversy rages on!

But, the TRUE (but often-hidden) values of NAPLAN are often ignored.

Value 1: NAPLAN gives at least SOME structure to a curriculum that, at the very least, leaves much to be desired. It actually suggests standards at which students at Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 should, or could, or maybe are within arms reach of, attaining in the areas of Maths, English, spelling, grammar and written expression. Yes, admittedly it’s only a “suggestion”, a “hint” if you like. But at least it’s SOMETHING!

Value 2: NAPLAN gives a simple, straight-forward, one-page report. Big on graphics, small on text. Not that 15-page mumbo-jumbo, copy and pasted school report that numbs the imagination and provides little in the way of factual reporting on student progress. Now, no-one should be mislead into believing everything showing on the NAPLAN student report sheet. But, by golly, it’s a good start for parents to check it out, and then ask some truly meaningful questions of teachers and school.

Value 3: School comparisons. Some of us are not too sure of the value of the ranking of schools in accordance with NAPLAN results. So many variables, so many value-related implications!

So, there it is. A defence, sort of, of the TRUE VALUE of NAPLAN testing, from one who sits on the edge of the world of schools and observes parents, teachers and students as they prepare for the 2015 week of NAPLAN.

Have a good one!

Is Facebook for Real?

What are “Facebook Friends”?

Are they REAL friends?

Or are they part of a large number of …

Well, the answer is, “It depends!”

We maths teachers reckon that, by and large, 3 = 3  and  4+3 = 7

There, I’ve said it! Good solid, predictable, accurate facts.

BUT, let’s look at Facebook.

Maybe not all Facebook Friends are equal!

Could it be?

Maybe, then, there needs to be a RATING of friends — you know,
“best friends”,
“almost best friends”,
“could be best friends”,
“just an acquaintance”,
“a nobody who got on my friends’ list somehow”,
and so on.

In some ways Facebook has brought about a DILUTION of the wonderful, significant, traditional meaning of that term “friend”.

Maybe “friend” now needs to be redefined. But to WHAT?

But, as we maths teachers know, no redefining of 7 + 2 = 9 is necessary. None at all!

Well, do you agree, or am I on totally the wrong track here?