Sometimes you have to wonder just how thick and wrapped up in their own spin our politicians are.
Take the case of the turnout to school NAPLAN tests conducted last May, as reported by The Age here. The NAPLAN tests are meant to provide a national tool to estimate just how good school children are at various stages of their school career. Personally, I do not think the connection between the score on these tests and a good education is that strong: it’s one thing to learn for a test and another to receive good education. I clearly remember how quickly we've learned to study for our tests rather than study to know the subject matter during my university days; with all the congestion that comes with the testing season, you stand no other choice.
The current debate concerns student turnout to these NAPLAN tests, with the opposition claiming Victoria’s low turnout is a result of some cover-up aimed at increasing Victoria’s scores. The government, on its side, is answering back with the usual meaningless crap that dominates the output of politicians’ mouths.
I, on the other hand, have just one thing to say: Wasn’t half of Victoria, and school kids in particular, down with Swine Flu last May?