November blogging challenge – prompt number 6

Share a quote or verse that has inspired you and tell us why?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

With the annual implementation of the NAPLAN assessment (nation wide standardised testing) this quote rings louder and clearer each year. How ridiculous to think this sort of testing, gives us a true picture of the individual child. How demoralising, at a very young age, is it to see that large red dot glaring at you from way down in the “below expected level” zone. My daughter teaches in an aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. Her ESL students have to sit these tests. For some of them, filling in the name and grade on the front, is an achievement. Let’s celebrate the whole child without the judgement. Lets enjoy the differences, the strengths, the quirkiness and the abilities of us all and stop judging genius by one’s ability to climb that tree!

One thought on “November blogging challenge – prompt number 6

  1. I couldn’t agree more! Quantifying education may suit bureaucrats, but it makes no sense when we look at children as individuals – the way we should look at them.

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