Conformity Bias NZ Lesson Planning and Sense Checking

Damien De Ment made this Official Information request to Ministry of Education

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Ministry of Education should have responded by now (details and exceptions). The requester can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Damien De Ment

Dear Ministry of Education,

It is my understanding that in recent weeks at Marlborough Girls College, the students were learning about Conformity Bias in NAZI Germany during the holocaust, and that once that section was covered the class focused on New Zealand based examples, to which myself and others were identified by our full names and facial images can you please confirm this

Please explain in writing to me the entire process of how I became part of educational materials for your students, many of whom took this into their homes.

Please include the following in your response:

⚠️ full names of, (including titles and organisations) the earliest originator(s) of the idea of using my name & images as educational resources.

⚠️ what qualitative process happened prior to these resources being printed, as to reduce risk of spreading misinformation and avoid legal fall out.

⚠️ full names of (including titles and organisation) the approving authority(s) that said that names & images OK to be used in this manner.

⚠️ how many MGC students have been provided this resource?

⚠️ has my name and/or image been used in other public schools in NZ?

⚠️ what time period has this resource been in existence?

⚠️ describe all methods of which this resource was distributed (email, print, intranet)

⚠️ what were some of the teacher's own 'expected answers' for the background info box under my name. Lessons always have objective, so it is reasonable to think that if the lesson went well for a student, they would have responded as the teacher expected. you get my point.

⚠️ URLs or any other video based resources that were used to educate the students on conformity bias. (YouTube, Names of Docos)

Please also provide me with FULL digital version of any and all resources materials where my name or image has been used.

Please also provide me with a digital copy of all resource materials that fall within the Conformity Bias lesson planning, even if that resource does not include my name.

Yours faithfully,

Damien De Ment

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Kia ora Damien


Please see attached an OIA transfer letter to Marlborough Girls’ College





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