The Deputy Prime Minister and minister45 for Education is puffing her chest out as kids around Australia put their heads down and do their NAPLAN tests.
I had to Google what 'NAPLAN' stands for - National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy.
It's typical, pick on something professors of education and nerds around the country would feel was a pushover.
They don't give a stuff about art, wit, humour, physical activity, personal development, music, dance, woodwork, cooking, ... Neither do the teachers they train not the principals who supervise them.
It's why by the time kids reach the last year of high school they're dull and depressed.
How good an education do you think school children are getting if those who teach them do not have a good command of the basic physical skills, like, running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, skipping, rolling, hanging, climbing, swimming ...
Here's the NAPPE - National Assessment Program - PhysEd - a list of some of the key motor skills that I reckon form a basic foundation of motor skill development and physical fitness. They’re the sorts of activities that kids at age 12 and teachers of any age can do, if they’re reasonably well trained.
Run your eye over the list of skills and see how many of them you can still do. If you can make the grade, I’ll take my hat off to you. If the teachers you know can make the grade I’ll take my hat off to them as well.
Juggle three balls
Skip with a rope
Do a good 30 seconds worth of double under skips.
Run 40, 20m laps in 5 minutes
Do 20 good situps
Do 20 good pressups
Do 5 good chinups
Sitting down, reach forward and get your wrists past your toes
Sit down and stand up 10 times in 30 seconds
Keep a yo yo going up and down for 30 seconds
Throw a ball 20m
Hop 20m on one leg, and then the other
Catch a tennis ball from 10m
Throw a tennis ball up in the air and clap 10 times before it comes down – and catch it.
Put a bean bag between your heels and kick it over your head
Swim 50 metres in less than a minute.
Duck dive and swim 5 metres under water
Dive into the water from a height of a metre- or more
Swing on a horizontal bar
Swing across a monkey bar.
Put one leg over the horizontal bar and swing up into a sitting position
Hang by your legs from a horizontal bar - swing and land on your feet.
Pat a tennis ball with your hand
Pat a ball with a wooden bat or tennis racquet, flat on and also on the side.
Crab walk for 10 metres
Lie on your back and put your feet up over your head and onto the floor behind you
Do a forward roll
Do a backward roll
Do a frog balance
Do a cartwheel
Do a 5 second handstand
Hit a ball against a wall for 30 seconds using a bat – forehand and backhand from 5 metres
Climb up a rope
Ride a bike, no hands ...
And there must be dozens more things that kids ought to be able to do that suggest fitness and motor skill proficiency. If you can think of some, send me an email.
On the trackOut with the boys at 6.45.
In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and let me know how you go on the NAPPE.