Copyrightedslightly edited with permission by Gary Amirault, Introduction by Gary Amirault Ancient Greek and Roman poets, philosophers and statesmen such as Seneca, Polybius, Strabo, Plato, Plutarch, Timaeus Locrus, Chrysippus and Livy tell us they invented fables of Hell "Since the multitude is ever fickle, full of lawless desires, irrational passions and violence, there is no other way to keep them in order but by the fear and terror of the invisible world. Roman Catholicism borrowed its myths of Hell from the Romans, Greeks and Jews who, in turn, borrowed them from the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians. So if a hell of everlasting punishment is a myth invented by power hungry men trying to control the masses, how did the idea ever get into the Bible?
And it breaks my heart. And it burnt me out. It was Grade 6 twelve-year-olds and they were preparing for their SATs: On the morning of the first exam a student named Alice Heart ran into our classroom sobbing.
She clambered onto my lap like a much younger child and cried: My mum will be mad. And yet, here we are. Each student receives individual results but the collective results for each school are made public on a website called My School and a list of the top schools published in league tables.
I have had to dull my once-engaging lesson sequences. Nothing can be left to chance. It is mechanical and rigid and driven.
Classrooms have become test-driven places where students learn to colour circles marked A, B, C and D. Even the classes not subjected to NAPLAN endure ongoing formal assessment from teachers turned examiners who must procure benchmarks, reach standards and gather data. I have to be indifferent.
I feel guilty and I hate the way my students look at me: Their eyes pierce mine: Where is my teacher? I become no more than the slippery, laminated sheet encasing the testing regime.
This testing costs me dearly — it costs me time with my learners, it costs my energy, it costs me the trust of my students. Standardised testing and, more broadly, standardised education is costing teachers too.
Over the past sixteen years there has been exponential change in primary education in Australia and most of this change has been imposed on teachers.
Each change limits my control as classroom teacher, undermines my judgments and detracts from my ability to act as a unique and educated professional.
I have become morally and ethically conflicted as I am drawn away from my students and their needs and drawn toward checklists and continuums. The red tape is horrendous. Every business is the same. But schools are not businesses.
Schools should not be framed by business models. They should not be viewed in terms of academic results based on productivity. When we look at schools in this way we lose sight of what matters. We lose sight of students.
Schools are unique places where amazing things should be happening for young Australians. And, as such, extraordinary and unique frameworks and policies should support them. Yet in Australia today this incredible and important profession is being reduced to the sum of its parts.
It is considered something purely technical and methodical that can be rationalised and weighed. It cannot be reduced to a formula or discrete parts.
Good teaching comes from professionals who are valued. We cannot forget the art of teaching — without it, schools become factories, students become products and teachers: And regular standardised testing simply makes people better at sitting tests.
Imposing goals and standards on teaching professionals only serves to squeeze from them the last few drops of goodwill they may have held. In my last months as a teacher, I had become scared.
I was scared of teaching outside the prescribed model because it may not fit the current trend.Why College Education Is Important to Me Words | 3 Pages “Why college education is important to me”.
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