Community Engagement for Equity in Education – Beyond the Factory Approach.

In response to the introduction of NAPLAN testing in Australia, Wilson and Hornsby (2014) wrote about a shrinking curriculum and increasing pressure on educators to teach to the test. My experience as a secondary school teacher over the past 9 years has reflected their concerns and I have not been immune from presenting students with a past HSC paper or two to complete. The problem with a narrow curriculum and teaching to the test; Wilson and Hornsby contend, is that it actually serves to reduce overall standards, fosters a climate of competition rather than collaboration and disregards the effectiveness of teaching to student interests and learning needs (pp 41-42).

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