Climate Change Teaching contains “omissions, simplifications and misrepresentations”
Teenagers will learn about the threat to the environment from climate change and what they can do about it, under reforms to geography teaching.
They will be encouraged to recycle consumer goods and to question whether they really need another imported pair of trainers. Other topics to be studied include the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.
Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary, said: “With rising sea temperatures, melting ice-caps and frequent reminders about our carbon footprints, we should all be thinking about what we can do to preserve the planet. Children are the key to changing society’s attitudes to the environment. Not only are they passionate about saving the planet but children also have a big influence over their own families’ lifestyles.”
In a parallel move, the Department for Education announced that it would send a copy of Al Gore’s film on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, to every secondary school.
The reforms, to be published next week by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, follow criticism by scientists of the way schools have addressed issues such as climate change. Last month the Royal Society of Chemistry said that textbooks were out of date and that lessons had “omissions, simplifications and misrepresentations”.
And Al Gore and Alan Johnson's lessons don't contain “omissions, simplifications and misrepresentations”? The scientific lesson to teach them is that there is a debate and there is evidence to weigh up, and that simple slogans are rarely right. Luckily most teenagers properly distrust political messages, and are savvy enough to recognise bullshit when it is shouted at them.
The Gordon Gecko generation were all taught by corduroy bearded lefties peace, love and understanding, it was the making of them!