I started off all indignant when I ripped Miranda Devine’s latest piece of folksy wisdom out of the Herald-Sun on Thursday but in the end you just have to laugh at the dross that comes out of the conservative media’s best and brightest day after day as if someone is paying them to do it!
Devine’s latest take on the NAPLAN tests is as fine a piece of persuasive writing as you’ll find, resonating with power. Here’s a bit from the opening:
It is accountability time.
After failing the 20 per cent of children who leave school functionally illiterate, we finally see the truth.
Which students have sat through two years of boring lessons without learning to read and write? NAPLAN knows.
Which teachers are adding little value year on year to the students in their classroom? NAPLAN knows.
Which schools are failing to improve their students’ test results? NAPLAN knows.
NAPLAN knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. Just like the shadow did! How do they think of this stuff. Has Devine been channeling 1930s pulp fiction? You be the judge!