Arts education should replace literacy testing

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Brian Caldwell

Evidence shows the tens of millions of dollars spent on improving NAPLAN results would be better spent on using arts education to boost literacy.

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The current preoccupation with literacy and numeracy, essential though they are, has dysfunctional effects as far as other important outcomes are concerned.

About the author

Brian Caldwell is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Educational Transformations and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he served as Dean of Education from 1998 to 2004.