It’s shocking. Children are supposed to be lovingly guided through their education with kid gloves, never facing the prospect of getting anything less than a B+ and a gold star, thereby preparing them for a life of constant angst and confusion upon their entry to “the real world”.

What do you mean I have to spend a few hours demonstrating my capabilities, without Mum?

Instead, we’re told, some of them are reporting symptoms of stress and anxiety before sitting their NAPLAN tests. To stave off this epidemic of totally normal behaviour, teachers are reportedly “teaching to the test”, spending extra time teaching what will be tested in the exam, and even making them sit dummy runs in the lead-up.

This means children are being made to learn things such as maths and reading and writing. Won’t someone think of the children!

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  • Chris says:

    05:50pm | 26/11/12

    I’m a secondary English teacher in western NSW (non-govt school). If I get a year 7 or 9 class, I know the school powers will be anxious for the faculty to teach towards the exam. So what? I work for a living and do what I am told. I also… Read more »

  • Tom says:

    04:59pm | 26/11/12

    I think there are a few issues that come up in the article and comments that need addressing. I’m writing as a high school teacher in a very disadvantaged school who primarily teaches students whose most recent NAPLAN results place them in the bottom 10% of the nation. Firstly, NAPLAN… Read more »


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