Thanks to Dr Greg Simmons and Rhett Emery for
a prompt reply to the issues raised.
'New Zealand Doctor' (April 22, 2009) raised the
concerns on this website and got a written statement from Greg Simmons,
who is not an expert teacher,
" that the animation is a
stylised, simplified overview suitable for the audience the DVD was
made for." Greg Simmons.
What makes him believe it rates as 'suitable'?
Local school students in Taranaki noticed that the science was badly
wrong and complained that they were being patronised and talked down
Is this another case of an 'expert' in one
field failing to recognise they may not be an expert in other fields?
This was not 'rocket science' and could easily
have been a joint project with the New Zealand Microbiology Society and
the Ministry of Education to create a more ACCURATE 'stylised, simplified overview suitable for the audience the
DVD was made for'.
As the DVD in question has been widely used and
the 2009 NCEA science exams are yet to be asessed, I intend for this
page to remain as a historical document for future reference. I will
add to this page once I have seen a new DVD is indeed produced and the
issues around the animation are addressed.
I have not seen any acknowledgement of the
problem on any District Health Board websites that use or link to the
HPV material from the Ministry of Health. The MoH material is still
being promoted as the main source of legitimate scientific information
from the government.
I believe all the Health Boards referring to or
linking to this material have a responsibility to the public to include
a comment that this material has some errors of fact. In my opinion, to
ignore this issue is neither responsible or professional.
Michael Fenton 2009