Where does the word “imperative” go in an exposition text?


Credits - The amazing Cathy Wilcox

That was the question I woke up to this morning.

For here in Australia it is NAPLAN week! NAPLAN stands for National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy. In other words, standardised testing. Every kid in Australia does it in years 3 and 5, and this year, Woogs have hit the standardised jackpot with both boys doing it this week.

Standardised testing is a contentious issue for some. Many schools spend a lot of time “teaching the test”. Personally I disagree with this as it gives a distorted snapshot of that particular schools strengths and weaknesses. But I suppose it allows bragging rights at Principal’s Conferences and the like.

If a school needs funding and focus on a particular area, then NAPLAN results are a good indication for this. But is doesn’t take into account anything but the rigid questions that are graded by a computer. It does not take into account any other strengths and creative capacity that your kid can possess.

Some parents refuse to let their kids sit the tests. I am not sure why. Care to enlighten me?

This morning Jack came into our bedroom and asked “Where does the word imperative go in an exposition text?” An eight year old asking a 40-year-old this question. Of course I have no fucking idea where the word imperative goes in an exposition text. And this is quite the concern for someone who makes a living playing with the written word, and perhaps even more concerning, someone who used to be a primary school teacher.

I told him to go and ask his father. Who told him to go and google it.

Meanwhile Horatio had to be reminded that it was even on.

So, where does the word imperative go in an exposition text?

What are your thoughts on standardised testing?