Conformity Bias NZ Lesson Planning and Sense Checking

Damien De Ment made this Official Information request to Marlborough Girls' College

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Marlborough Girls' College should have responded by now (details and exceptions). The requester can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Damien De Ment

Dear Marlborough Girls' College,

Attached is an image that was provided to me by one of the parents who's own daughter was given this worksheet.. It is my understanding that in recent weeks 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

⚠️ 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.

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From: Mary-Jeanne Lynch
Marlborough Girls' College

Kia ora
Thank you for your request for information below. We will consider and
respond to your request in accordance with the Offical Information Act
1982 (the Act).
Under section 15(1) of the Act, we are required to make and inform you of
our decision on your request as soon as reasonably practicable and in any
case not later than 20 working days after the day on which your request
was received. You can expect to receive our decision on your request on or
before 31 October 2022. If more than 20 working days are needed due to the
potential workload and/or consultations involved in answering your
request, we will notify you accordingly.
Ngā mihi 
Mary-Jeanne Lynch


Principal | Tumuaki


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21 McLauchlan Street, Blenheim 7201, Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND

DIRECT: +64 3 520 8456 /  WORK: +64 3 520 8448  / CELL +64 210 410 410 

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