ARE CHILDREN LIKE GAS BOTTLES?

THOUGHTS FOR PRE-SERVICE AND BEGINNING TEACHERS (24)

Some years ago, a group of Assistant Principals visited a gas works in Darwin. Their guide said that there was similarity between his job and theirs. His job was to oversee the return of empty gas bottles, their filling and redistribution for use within the community.

He said teachers and school leaders had a similar task. They oversaw the arrival of new children starting school. Children as ‘new starters’ were like empty gas cylinders who had to be filled with knowledge and understanding as they progressed up the grades and through the years. They would leave school ‘full’ of knowledge and go forth to serve the community was his proposition.

That analogy gave me much food for thought.

What do you think of such an analogy? Does NAPLAN feed the gas bottle metaphor?

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