Killing creativity Pt2

This week witnessed another (public) school caught in the X fire between State and Federal politics. Davidson High’s performance in the annual Rock Eisteddfod with an anti-Iraq war piece, drew criticism from the local member, claiming it was deliberately initiated by the teachers and to coincide with Pres. Bush’s visit to APEC in September. As Chris Bonner (SMH) points out this was incorrect and the school had done everything to ensure they had the parents backing in undertaking the piece. Some months ago I saw the school perform one of the most stirring pieces commemorating 9/11- but this was forgotten in the media frenzy. Thankfully the NSW Dept Education & Training stood by the school and kids. Extra curricula pieces like dance are one of the few opportunities students have for creative expression-in an ever more singular assessment system.

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About thand

I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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