Andrew Wicks

About Andrew Wicks

Andrew Wicks is a country boy with a penchant for movies and sport. After a few years working in health, he decided he'd rather work with today's youth and studied arts and education in rural NSW. His main interests are religion, health and lairy shirts.

To those who want “both sides” of climate change taught, see me after class

After a conservative group made headlines believing that kids need to be taught ‘both sides’ of climate change, I’m of the mind that we adults need to stop talking.

 

 

Over the weekend, a conservative group made headlines with their assertions that the other side of climate change. According to the materials provided by the group, human-induced climate change “isn’t true” and “there’s a lot more to the story”.

Ostensibly, the classroom is set to be that famous episode of QandA, when an exasperated Brian Cox attempted to address Malcolm Roberts’ theory that NASA was the source of climate change data, and that the entire issue is make-believe.

 

 

Sadly, this nonsense has precedence. A handful of years ago, Liberal MP Terry Young suggested a similar plan, putting forth the idea that education should be based outside of indoctrination, and that freedom is our greatest natural resource.

In his own words, “indoctrination of any type robs our children of this gift”.

Which makes a certain amount of sense. In his first speech, he also said that “…we want our children and grandchildren to hear the theories of evolution and creation, different religions, climate change advocates and climate change sceptics.”

I can see what he’s going for, but he clearly chose the wrong topic. Our climate is beyond discussion, and we’re now approaching the realms of crisis, aided and abetted by an ignorance toward the data, political dithering and the greater situation writ large. The fact that our students are skipping school to further our education, loudly speaks to the subtext.

 

He clearly chose the wrong topic. Our climate is beyond discussion, and we’re now approaching the realms of crisis, aided and abetted by an ignorance toward the data, political dithering and the greater situation writ large.

 

As an educator at a Catholic school, I agree about indoctrination. But the question is who is to set the qualifiers. In the mind of this Liberal MP, are we to propose both sides and let the children make up their minds? Because that doesn’t work. Our kids are far more clued in than we give them credit for.

At our school, we have scripture, chapel and each morning, we start with the Lord’s prayer. I know that numerous students are not religious themselves, and those who eventually choose atheism, do so as either a reaction to views foisted upon them, or by working through the depths of a belief to come to their own conclusions. The right to choose would be, of course, far more pliable.

However, in a Catholic school system, that choice comes with a series of asterisks.

The same seemingly goes for the Morrison government. Freedom of choice is fine within schools, as long as it is through the prism of fossil fuels, or religion.

As Young also said, “When I hear a school principal stand up at school in assembly and say: ‘If this government doesn’t do anything about climate change the world will end in 2030’, I get angry…we (conservatives) simply believe that we need to look after this magnificent planet because it’s the right thing to do, not because a scientist or extremist scared us into it.”

You’re not listening, guys.

 

 

 

 

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