- In a time of increased police powers, disobedience is a must
- Our government has no intention to evacuate Australians trapped overseas
- Scott Morrison indicates ‘eliminating’ COVID-19 would come at too high a cost
- George Pell beat the High Court on a technicality
- Faith, denial and the victims of the Catholic Church
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.
Q&A: Malcolm Roberts, a One Nation senator raised discredited climate change denial views https://t.co/qpwxwq5h80
But Brian Cox had evidence
— Julian Burnside (@JulianBurnside) August 16, 2016
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.
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.