Just wanted to explain and show some detail in the latest piece.
First of all I wanted it to be dark to show the notion of the historical attitude toward education. Like that it was in the dark ages.
Apart from the obvious images of the production line, and the factory approach to teaching I thought about what else could be raised as symbolized views of negativity toward education.
Here are some details to explain:
1) The two books on the tables are stereotyped to the color codes associated with boys and girls. Funnily, through some research, these color stereotypes where opposite until the late thirties.
2) The dead bird is in fact a white dove, which is synonymous with "hope". The idea that education hope has in fact passed away, is a strong indicator to the state of affairs. Together with this there are two maggots falling from the earth above. Maggots being somewhat symbolic to rotting.
3) The hammers are used to reinforce the expression, "hammer it into them", which has a relationship to the parrot fashion approach to teaching.
4) The two kids cloned on the production line are intact chess pawns. And to emphasis their fate even more, their creation of this production line is strengthened by the classic 'dunce' cap.
5) The owl being a strong symbol toward education is flying away, tied with a rotten apple.
These show some of the detailed aspects for this image. I hope it helps, but also to see the parts in detail as well.
The dead dove of hope.
Metaphor for hammering in the education.
Cloning the next generation of fools to work for the capitalist society.
The teacher owl with it's "albatross" the apple.