In Victoria in the late 90’s parents took the wind out of the sails of the LAP (Learning Assessment Program) testing program by simply not allowing their children to participate in numbers great enough to undermine the statistical reliability of the tests.

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The Power of Free Will

The Bartleby Project

But whoever causes one of these little ones to stumble,

it would be better for him if a millstone were hung

around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.

Mark 9:42

John Taylor Gatto opens his proposal for the Bartleby Project with this biblical extract as he invites us all to join in an Open Conspiracy to rid schools of the “glorified jig-saw puzzles” that generate unreliable, misleading data for a gullible public. Australians call it NAPLAN. It’s generally known as Standardised Blanket Testing.

In his compelling article Gatto suggests that those who do well in the tests are more likely to become circus dogs than leaders of the future. “Nothing inside the little red schoolhouse does more damage than the numbers and rank…

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