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A Civilised Society

Film (Full Length) – 2006

This documentary looks at the new right ideology that transformed public education in the 80s and 90s and the schism it caused with teachers. Interviews with parents, teachers and unionists are cut together with archive footage of treasury officials and politicians advocating that schools be run as businesses. There are vexed board of trustees' meetings, an infamous deal between Avondale College and Pepsi, and teachers take their opposition from the classroom to the streets. The film is the third in Alister Barry's series critical of neo-liberal reform in NZ.

A high quality universal public education system is a fundamental requirement of an egalitarian society.
– Alister Barry

Produced by

Community Media Trust

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Community Media Trust