Richard Wright, who would have been years old this year, was, arguably, the most influential African-American writer of the twentieth century. He stood astride the midsection of that century as a battering ram, paving the way for the black writers who followed him: Today, 48 years after his death, his legacy remains strong; his daughter, Julia Wright, is helping to keep it alive.
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.Writing Black Boy and American Hunger provided Wright not only with a forum to denounce the racial atrocities he had witnessed but also with an opportunity to purge what he considered the cultural.
Black Boy is a memoir by Richard Wright that was first published in Jango is about making online music social, fun and simple. Free personal radio that learns from your taste and connects you to others who like what you like. Richard Wright's novel Black Boy is not only a story about one man's struggle to find freedom and intellectual happiness, it is a story about his discovery of language's inherent strengths and weaknesses.
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