Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Extra Exhibit at Auckland Festival of Education

Extra Exhibit at Auckland Festival of Education

Visitors to the Auckland Festival of Education yesterday were treated to an extra exhibit outside the venue in the form of a new installation entitled ‘Nga kura mauiui o Aotearoa / The sick New Zealand schools’.

The installation, by Martin Thrupp, Donn Ratana and Viv Aitken of the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, involves a traditional hospital bed holding a mattress dressed up in a school jersey. The jersey represents the patient, New Zealand schools. It is a little stained and frayed and the corner of the school badge has been repaired by hand, suggesting having to make do with limited resources. The patient is on a drip but that too is running out. A clipboard at the bottom of the bed makes it clear that the patient is sick because of receiving inappropriate treatment. The issues raised on the clipboard are:

• Exposed to GERM (Global Education Reform Movement)
• Bedbound under the weight of official requirements
• Required to believe Government elixirs are always the best
• Under-fed with a diet of mainly numeracy and literacy
• Patient records inappropriately displayed.
• Continuing Novopain
• Disregarded during the birth of charter schools
• Constantly criticised leading to a depressed state
• Fearful that the illness could be terminal
• Education festivals and ‘InspiredbyU’ campaign creating fresh bouts of nausea.
• 'Super-roles' contributing to the malaise
• Prognosis is poor however the patient could recover with more appropriate treatment

Thrupp said that the ‘Sick schools’ installation held important messages of concern about the Key Government’s education policies. It had been useful to take it to the Auckland Festival of Education because the original London Festival of Education had included an element of dissent but this had been largely missing from the New Zealand version. Thrupp said a university had hosted the London Festival of Education.

More information about the ‘Nga kura mauiui o Aotearoa / The sick New Zealand schools’ installation is available on the Save our Schools New Zealand website at http://saveourschoolsnz.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/nga-kura-mauiui-o-aotearoa-the-sick-new-zealand-schools/

The installation is also on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO_UTCw7szc&feature=youtu.be

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Review: Howard Davis On Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More>>

Howard Davis: Never Too Old To Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony, in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big band and jazz record collections and the emergence of rock music in the 1950s, but became disenchanted with the "show biz" style of early US stars like Elvis Presley... More>>

October: Alice Cooper Returns To NZ

It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper undertook his first ever concert tour of New Zealand – and broke attendance records. 40 years on and this revered entertainer continues to surprise and exude danger at every turn, thrilling audiences globally! More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: The Contemporary Relevance Of Denial

Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. Based on a 1996 British libel case that author David Irving brought against Lipstadt, the movie has been criticized as flat and stagey, but it nonetheless conveys a visceral clarity of vision and sense of overwhelming urgency. More>>

Obituary: John Clarke Dies Aged 68

Andrew Little: “I grew up with Fred Dagg and I am devastated by John Clarke’s death. He taught us to laugh at ourselves and more importantly laugh at our politicians.” More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Colin McCahon's 'on Going Out With The Tide'

Curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard, On Going Out with the Tide features major works that have been assembled from public and private collections across New Zealand and Australia. It focusses on McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes, ranging from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings which refer to Māori prophets and investigate land-rights issues. More>>

Howard Davis: Rodger Fox Gets Out The Funk

By now a living New Zealand legend, band leader and trombonist Rodger Fox has performed with some of the biggest names in the jazz business, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton-Thomas, and Joe Williams, to name only a few. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news