"Official Retraining Scheme" Conceptual Art Exhibition an art exhibit responding to the National Education curriculum


In the current exhibition, C&G Artpartment is inviting 12 local artists who are also art educators as well (amongst are art educators teaching in primary, secondary or tertiary schools, art teacher who won “Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence,” chairman of the arts education group in Hong Kong Arts Development Council) , to respond to this subject and to analyze the learning, teaching and launching methods of the curriculum.

Curated and Presented by:C&G Artpartment
Artists:AU Wah Yan、CHAN Fat Chi、CHOI Tsz Kwan(Ger)、CHOW Shun Keung 、CHU Yiu Wai(Price)、KEUNG Chi Ming(Jimmy)、LAM Mau、 LAU Simon、MAN Ching Ying(Phoebe)、YEUNG Sau Churk(Ricky)、 CHEUNG Clara、CHENG Yee Man(Gum)

Exhibition Opening: 6:00pm, (Sun) 2 September, 2012
Seminar: 6:30pm - 8:00pm, (Sun) 2 September, 2012
Exhibition Period: (Mon) 2 September to (Sun)14 October, 2012
Exhibition Time:2:00 - 7:30pm, Thu to Mon, (Close on Tue, Wed and Public Holiday)
Exhibition Venue:C & G Artpartment, 3/F, 222 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Prince Edward, Kln, HK (Exit B2, Prince Edward MTR Station, Behind Pioneer Centre)



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The National Education curriculum has been worrying many Hong Kong people in the past few months. What went wrong? What is the crucial problem? In the current exhibition, C&G Artpartment is inviting 12 local artists who are also art educators as well (amongst are art educators teaching in primary, secondary or tertiary schools, art teacher who won “Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence," chairman of the arts education group in Hong Kong Arts Development Council) , to respond to this subject and to analyze the learning, teaching and launching methods of the curriculum.

The portion of studying contemporary China only takes up about 3% of the whole subject of Moral and Natioanal Education. This is one of the reasons the government offiicials use to defend themselves: the subject of national education should not be turned down because of such a small percentage of the whole content. Following this logic, the high ranking governement officials who are the few percentages among the hundred thousands of employees withint the government must be not so important? The few percentages who owned the wealth of our society are not so important? If only a 3% can activate the whole machenism, does it actually have its significance?

It was said that the Moral and National Education subject was quite flexible that students could choose to listen or not. In a sense, the responsibility of curriculum planning is pushed to the students themselves, and it also shows that such a subject does not have any necessities to exist.

Ninty thousand Hong Kong people went on protest against the National education curriculum. However, the Chief Secretary of Administration, Ms. Carrie Lam, said the sociey in general agreed upon luanching the subject, and it would disappoint many people ,if the government would not do so. Would ninety thousand people who support National Education go on protest, if such subject really is not luanched? If so, it can certainly prove why the government should start this subject immediately. If not, why should Hong Kong government insists so badly?

Ms. Fanny Law, the executive council member, explains, since many Hong Kong youngsters may develop their careers in China nowadays, they should have well-rounded knowledge of China, and certainly need the subject of National Educaion. She believes that students have independent thinking skills and would not be "brain-washed." Her speech was quite irresponsible and, after all, all the responsibility is, again, put on the students. Assuming a genearl high school student who does have independent thinking skills, has actually been exposed to an over-idealized national state through "National Educaiton" in primary and junior-high school period, would this student be able to think independently without the picture of an over-idealized nation? If this is not called "brain-washing," it can certainly be named an "ideological reform."

The current government officials have no experience in planning National Education curriculum, and there is no previous examples for them to follow either. It is certain that they have little understadnings of the expectations of the genearl public. Their attempt to insist luanching such curriculum is facing a lot of resistance within the society. Undestanding their difficulites, we suggest the government officials should be "re-trained" or "re-educated." The current exhibition is responding to Hong Kong government’s insistent decision on launching the subject of "Natioanl Educaiton" in primary and secondary schoools in September, 2012. Doubting the content and launching methods of the National Education curriculum, and doubting that the government officials, themselves, can understand this subject very well, this exhibion will show a series of learning materials to "retrain" them to understanding national education.

The exhibition will have its opening on September 2, 2012, and run until October 14, 2012. It will be free for the public. For any enquiries, please contact 23909332.






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