Doomed Planet

A Teachers’ Guide to Miseducating the Young

The national primary-school English teachers’ association has launched a climate propaganda blitz on the 5- to 14-years-olds placed in their care. The teachers’ just-released manual spruiks intermittent wind and solar and demands an end to coal-fired electricity and fossil fuels. As notes to the manual say,

Chapter 9 is a call for action. Without students taking personal action to mitigate climate change, there is no point to this book.”(P4)

It’s an error-ridden 174-page blueprint that quarantines kids from any acknowledgement that costly wind and solar farms must be backed up by 24-7 baseload power.

The blueprint would have kids chanting North Korean-style “an Earth-focused school or class ‘anthem’ at assemblies. (This) is a great way to build emotional attachment to the planet” (P154). The authors suggest such lyrics as

Earth is getting warmer, oceans rising higher
Storms are growing stronger, floods and fire
We know about the dangers, know there must be changes
The future is in our hands

The blueprint is called Teaching the language of climate change science, and is issued by the Primary English Teaching Association of Australia (PETAA) for its 3500 members and teachers generally. One author is Julie Hayes (left), retired principal of Cowandilla Primary School, SA, which has been “a Climate Change Focus School” for the past 20 years. The co-author is Dr Bronwyn Parkin (right), a literacy-linguistics specialist at Adelaide University. Both are listed as PETAA directors.

 The indoctrination was poorly vetted by a 20-person academic panel. Its only card-carrying climate scientist was Professor Chris Turney of UNSW.[1] Turney’s wife, Annette, a tutor and PhD student at Wollongong University, was a co-panellist, which seems a bit in-group.[2] Turney is famous for leading the “ship of fools” expedition to the Antarctic in 2013 to spruik global warming there. The ship got stuck in the ice that wasn’t supposed to be there and the climate scientists and joy-riders had to be extricated by a series of rescue vessels at huge expense and disruption to real science down there.

The authors excuse their simplified claims on the ground that kids are too young for hard science. But they are happy to indoctrinate kids with nonsense about climate-caused starving polar bears (see below), the (non) warming and (non) melting Antarctic,[3] the (non) drowning Pacific Islands, and (not) worse droughts and (not) worse tornados. The book even includes earthquakes on the roll-call of warming-caused extreme weather! (P103).

The authors’ view is that training pre-schoolers as climate activists is a little premature, but they can at least be taught that climate scientists are beyond reproach. And kids can be softened up for the coming indoctrination in primary school (P155):

Action at Preschool level: The book doesn’t suggest developing a class action plan for young children. Instead, at this influential stage, educators have the opportunity to model care for the environment, conservation of resources and respect for the work of scientists.

Spheres of influence: In the middle and upper years of primary school, the spheres of influence widen … Older students can influence others in the school, from younger students, to staff and the governing council. They can also involve parents and family in their actions. The highest year levels extend their spheres of influence to the wider community, to local shopping centres and the local council.

By Years 4-6, kids are trained to write persuasive texts to parents/carers against using petrol, a paradox in light of parents’ chauffeuring kids to and from schools creates ghastly morning and afternoon traffic jams. (p154, 160). “Teachers’ involvement and enthusiasm signals to students that acting on climate change is important and that we are all in this together.” (P159).

Other supplied book notes re 9- to 10-year-olds:

Parents become an important audience for students as they begin to take on the scientific mantle, with growing attachment to the scientific community.

It’s another question whether parents, including power-station workers and coal miners, appreciate lectures from their teacher-indoctrinated sub-Greta offspring.

For kids 11-12yo notes say,

They begin communication with students in other parts of the world who are also advocating for the Earth.

I wonder, who are those? Greta’s acolytes or Extinction Rebellion teens?

At Year 7-8,

They can take leadership roles in their school, working with students, staff and governing council to audit and reduce reduce energy use … They may advocate for and support changes from peers, the local community, local businesses and the local council. Their voices can be shared with our political leaders. (P115)

The book provides a template letter for 13- to 14-year-olds to pester and wedge their school principals, the notional “Ms Ashwin”:

We are worried about the future and how climate change is going to impact on our lives. We see documentaries and news items [especially on the ABC – TT] that paint a bleak picture of Australia in the coming decades. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. Instead we are determined to use Greta Thunberg as our inspiration and get together with other students to do things that really make a difference. Could we please make an appointment to speak with you about our ideas? Your support is important to us…(P166).

Presumably they will ape Greta and decamp on school strikes.

These same kids are to write “pro-renewable tracts, make videos, write songs, report at assemblies, create works of art or engage in discussion with decision makers”. (P161). This includes inviting local, state or federal politicians to explain their energy policies, after which students and teachers combine to write “a follow-up letter with recommendations to the politicians” – and doubtless chiding them for any wrongthink. (P162). While the authors are careful not to name their favored political party, only hard-line Greens politicians and the likes of Extinction Rebellion could ever make a favorable impression on PETAA-led classes.

The book’s big theme is warming causing “extreme weather”, which kids are to be harangued about from age 7. (P33-34). The authors then write curious material like (P43), “When the weather forecast is extreme, the teacher can introduce that word to students, ‘Today we are having extreme weather.’” Teachers are to rally the class with extra water bottles and dog bowls, by shading the vege patch, watering the plants and promoting suitable clothing. This has been common-sense since first settlement, if not Neolithic times, but kids are now warned that CO2 emissions are the real culprit.

The authors hew to this line despite the IPCC’s 2013 report (fine print sections) playing down climate-change attribution to weather disasters. Taking the most obvious aspect – heat waves – the IPCC said mildly, referring to the US, “Medium confidence: increases in more regions than decreases, but 1930s [dust bowl] dominates longer-term trends in the USA.”[4]

The manual’s theoretical underpinning is cited as Canadian professor Maria Ojala on “hopeful transgressive learning”. Consulting that study, one finds among the academic gobbledegook that “transgressive” means exactly what it says. “People can transgress or disrupt deeply held and taken-for-granted norms, norms that are at the roots of oppression and unsustainability, by acting in surprising, creative and boundary-crossing ways.” Climate hope, Ojala quotes, requires a “disruption of the stubborn neoliberal worldview that we live in the best of societies, a society that furthermore has no alternative and thereby can’t be changed.”[5].

PETAA author Julie Hayes claims to have “closely followed the science of climate change since the mid-1990s”. The booklet’s fruits include pages of yet-more nonsense about polar bear peril from climate change, disseminated by the activist group Polar Bears International. Even the International Union for Conservation of Nature put the bears’ population in 2015 at 22,000 to 31,000 when warmists’ earlier had forecast them expiring from lack of ice to prowl en route to their prey. (A bear perched on an ice floe was poster-boy for Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth).[6]

The book harps to kids that human-caused global warming is responsible for worse drought and bushfire intensity. The CSIRO, grilled in Parliament by Senator Matt Canavan, admitted 18 months ago that  “No studies explicitly attributing the Australian increase in fire weather to climate change have been performed at this time.” Even warmist  icon Professor Andy Pitman has agreed there is no link between climate change and drought.[7]   The PETAA authors actually score an own-goal, recommending to kids a series of weather-disaster books by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley (fun reading, kids!). The book Drought subverts PETAA’s narrative by saying, “There is no malice in a drought. It is perhaps the way the Australian bush prunes itself down to the toughest and hardiest, recycling nutrients for new growth.” Although there is material on the needs of plants (P34-35), in the entire tract there is no mention that CO2 is a life-giving gas for plants, let alone that it is greening the planet.

I noticed only one mention of China, and certainly not its vastly increasing emissions nullifying all costly cuts of the West. This single fact illustrates why the complex, heavily politicised and uncertain field of climate science is inappropriate for small kids’ classrooms.

The political nature of the “education” shows via its total silence about (green) nuclear power. Actually there is one mention in a graphic – a 13- to 14-year-old lists nuclear fuel as “non-renewable” along with coal, oil and gas in his notes. The book makes no suggestion that the kid’s got it wrong. He/she also puts in “iron ore” as a non-renewable, which is true but no less silly than listing “sand” as a finite resource. Teachers should get out more. They might also discover, via energy expert Alan Moran, that our trek to net zero CO2 already involves $10 billion a year installing wind and solar, plus subsidies of $7 billion a year, plus $17 billion (total) for new transmission connectors, plus vast bills to consumers for stabilising the grids against intermittency. Moran estimates a total cost of $40,000 per Australian household. In the entire tract I could find only one mention of the intermittency of wind and solar, kids being falsely assured that batteries will solve the problem. (P122)[8]

The authors leave no chink for doubt about the warmist narrative. For example,

Work with students to jointly construct first the ‘risk from climate change’ paragraph with the words negotiated with the students, but the teacher doing the writing. (P93).

The authors claim to 9- to 10-year-olds that oil, gas and coal will run out “and are not easily or quickly replaced” (P61). Getting on for half-century ago, in 1974, I sat in the Press Gallery and heard Labor’s energy minister, Rex Connor, forecast that Australia’s oil and gas would run out in 1984. I see no reason why kids today should be alarmed by PETAA fanatics about possible problems arising in 2200 or 2300.

The book proudly cites kids’ work following trials of the program. Here’s a 9-year-old’s “assessment task” on plastics, one of the basics of modern civilisation, not to mention kids’ phones:

When plastic is made gases are released into the atmosphere. When plastic is thrown away another layer of gas is thrown onto earth. This extra heat can harm plants people and animals and maybe kill them.(P16)

Although the kids are given no information about the downsides of renewables or flaws/uncertainties in the catastrophic warming hypothesis, the book tells them to

challenge misinformation. Investigate climate myths. Students write an argument debunking the main myths about climate change (see Earth Org 2020). Students engage in debate about climate facts. (p163).

Earth Org is a green-Left pressure group which has set up straw-man arguments for kids to knock down, while ignoring the real case against renewables and computer-modelled future catastrophes.[9] Typical references cited by the book include “Denchak M, 2018: Fossil Fuels: The dirty facts. Natural Resources Defence Council New York.” As is obvious, the Council is a politically partisan green lobby, using headlines like “GOP’s [Republicans’] Climate Deniers Feeling the Heat.” Talking of myths, the manual touts Damon Gameau’s idiotic futuristic climate-virtue film “2040”, which is pure propaganda targeting little kids.

The book constantly cites NASA, but not of course for NASA’s notorious revising of historic temperature data to convert flat trends to rising trends. The only conservative source I could find among pages of sources was the Queensland Resources Council, cited merely on energy conversion principles (P133).

Throughout, the booklet takes the extremist position that the entire 1DegC warming of the past century is human-caused through emissions with no room for natural drivers such as multi-decade oceanic cycles. The text says re-assuringly, “The emphasis is not being alarmist and creating fear, but on reinforcing our interdependence and responsibility to help each other.” (P43). But then teachers are referred to doozies from the ABC like “Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in ‘within decades’. (P106) and from The Guardian, Jan 2013, “Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds”. (P113). Fact: food output is well outpacing population growth. And there is this, “Scientists estimate that the total collapse of Thwaites glacier would add half a metre to the sea level….” (P136). The actual time frame there is 200-1000 years hence, if ever.

A big theme is “trusting scientists” – do they deserve it? check out Climate-gate 2009. The book says of 11-to-12-year-olds: “They have begun to describe and explain phenomena … aligning themselves with the world of scientists, and understanding that we have to listen to scientists and act on their advice if we are to slow down climate change.” (P87). The authors even urge kids to donate money to activists at the Polar Bears International green lobby. (P69). Teachers also rattle the cash can: “In Years 3-4, students continue their local advocacy … They might be involved in raising money for an environmental cause.” (P62).

Here’s the kids being brainwashed to support the killing of coal-fired power (P132):

Coal-fired power stations have been essential for life in Australia for decades. However, generating electricity in this way has released huge amounts of additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, leading to significant climate change, which is affecting weather in all parts of the globe. Because of the impact of the enhanced greenhouse effect and because of Australia’s commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions (Dalzell 2020), coal-fired power plants need to be phased out. We can no longer afford to use coal for generating power. Although the costs of renewables have been prohibitive, they are becoming cheaper and more efficient (Australian Ethical 2018 , Kharecha and Hansen 2013).

My take on the above: the source, Australian Ethical, is conflicted because it’s a green energy fund manager, and the Hansen referred to is the fanatical “father of global warming”, James Hansen, who compared coal trains to boxcars taking victims to the crematoria and enjoys getting arrested at demos. The Dalzell quoted is ABC reporter Stephanie Dalzell, doing an ABC hit job on the Prime Minister.[10]

Here’s the climax of the brainwashing:

Add to the class notes with a brainstorm of arguments for why Australia needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. This is an important discussion and should be given due time. Different groups in Australia have different opinions about how phasing out coal and gas as energy sources should be managed, and the economic and social implications are probably too complex for Year 8. However, these issues may well be aired in a class discussion. [Or not, TT]. Phasing out coal and gas will impact on employment and job security for some families, and jobs have to be created elsewhere [by whom?- TT], so the change will not be easy. However, in the long term, for the sake of the planet, the change is inevitable, and has to be managed. Otherwise our planet will become increasingly difficult to live on.” (P134) 

While primary teachers might be unanimous on this, the electorate is not, as demonstrated by Scott Morrison’s 2016 win, thanks to Queensland coal seats.

Broadcaster Alan Jones has pointed out that schools have successfully lobbied for air conditioning, which should be the first to go if the book’s authors are serious about reducing schools’ electricity. Kids can also walk, bike or use public transport for school. Hooray.

Tony Thomas’s next book from Connor Court, Foot Soldier in the Culture Wars, will be launched this Wednesday on June 30. The venue is il Gamberos Restaurant, 166 Lygon St, Carlton Vic at 6.30pm. All welcome.  To register (free), email Tony at tthomas061@gmail.com

[1] “Chris is a recently completed Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change and Earth Science at the University of New South Wales.”

[2] The other 18 have teaching and language credentials

[3] “Low Antarctic continental climate sensitivity” by Hansi A. Singh & Lorenzo M. Polvani, in Nature, October 2020: “The Antarctic continent has not warmed in the last seven decades, despite a monotonic [steady] increase in the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases … Antarctic sea ice area has modestly expanded and warming has been nearly non-existent over much of the Antarctic ice sheet.” NASA logs from the Antarctic’s best 19 temperature stations and 13 West Peninsular likewise show no warming trend.

[4] Roger J Pielke Jr: The Rightful Place of Science -Disasters and Climate Change. Consortium for Science, Arizona State University, p57

[5] Pages 43, 46.

[6] Researcher Professor Susan Crockford was fired by her university after debunking polar bear scares.

[7] Pitman: “If you look at the Bureau of Meteorology data over the whole of the last one hundred years there’s no trend in data. There is no drying trend. There’s been a trend in the last twenty years, but there’s been no trend in the last hundred years, and that’s an expression on how variable Australian rainfall climate is.”

[8] “The downside of wind energy is that it is intermittent, and not always available unless battery storage is used.” P122

[9] “Begin to collect a class list of trustworthy websites that might help with further research. Discuss why these are trustworthy and others are not.” (P124). This scuppers any intrusion against the green narrative.

[10] ABC piece: “More than 70 countries have adopted the 2050 target. Individually, every Australian state has also signed up to net zero emissions by 2050 — either as a target or goal. Labor leader Anthony Albanese has also pledged to meet a target of net zero emissions by 2050 but has yet to detail how Australia would get there. But federally, the Coalition has long been divided over climate change and energy policy, with some Government backbenchers deeply opposed to any 2050 target.”

24 comments
  • Michael

    Has PETAA considered that in a relatively short time, say 10 to 20 years, these children will realise that they have been lied to from day dot?

  • DG

    Tony, thanks for reading this sludge for us.
    What are the contact details for the authors so we can write directly to them as aggrieved parents?

  • lbloveday

    “Kids can also walk, bike or use public transport for school”.
    .
    As can the teachers; preferably not public transport with its associated emissions.

  • Tony Thomas

    HI DG, suggest you email info@petaa.edu.au
    and mark it “Attention Julie Hayes and Bronwyn Parkin.”

  • Michael

    With so much to do to remake the world to deliver net zero emissions, you might think the teachers would be pressing for their students to take up practical careers. As engineers, scientists, technologists and tradesmen to develop and deploy new energy technologies, to redesign industrial processes and materials and invent new ones, to re-engineer transport systems, retrofit buildings, and to construct hurricane and flood defences. As foresters and farmers, plant breeders, landscape scientists and rangers to manage forests and wetlands, and to develop and implement new ways of farming that store carbon as well as produce food. As firefighters and first responders to cope with climate emergencies. But instead, PETAA asks young people to take up climate activism. They are urged to make noise, to have their voices heard, to raise awareness, to lecture and hector, to agitate. In other words, these youngsters are told to have childish tantrums until someone else solves the problem. These youngsters need to be told to get serious, to understand the technological and material foundations of their lives and to grow up to become the responsible, capable adults who can take up the difficult challenges involved in creating and delivering this low-emissions future they are told is essential.

  • Harry Lee

    We are at war, and we are losing, badly.
    By “we” I refer to those of us who are not marxists, and not naive idealists and not self-righteous virtue seekers at zero cost to ourselves, and not anti-empiricists, and not ungrateful parasites, and not mailgn power-mongering commissars.
    Yes, we are war with those who are opposites to ourselves.
    Our Oppistion, our enemies are winning -they control all the institutions, even the Libs and Nats.
    And so, with Western Civ on its knees, who is willing to fight to win?
    Who is willing to learn how defeat our enemies?
    Who’s up for the sacrifices required at the Front?

  • March

    I still have a few hardcopies of “we’re not scared anymore, Mr Gore”. Tony, let me where they can do the most good.

  • STD

    I cannot be sure of the referencing.
    A western guy asked a Chinaman, “Do you ever tell Chinese children about what happened at Tiananmen Square. To which the wise man replied,” No, that would interfere with their studies”.

  • Tony Thomas

    Hi March, I’d like one copy myself, pls email me about it. When I’ve seen it I can assess who else might like one. Thanks

  • Elizabeth Beare

    Send a copy to Mark Latham to add to his collection of similar pieces of indoctrination. He can bring more media attention to this piece, which should be brought to political attention too. There are supposed to be rules about keeping lessons non-political. They don’t seem to apply here. And we wonder why our chldren are out in force protesting something they do not understand. They are being mightily used by people who should know better. Time to put a stop to this.

  • Peter OBrien

    Elizabet Beare,

    yes, Mark Latham seems to be the only politician prepared to push these issues.

  • Elizabeth Beare

    Michael, above. These students need to be shown some critique about how inessential much of this ‘new energy’ really is, given the way in which there is little real change in the world’s climate (an impossible thing to measure) as far as we can tell anyway. They also need to understand how much of our current health and well-being depends on remaining a technologically advance society with plentiful baseload energy. And what a pickle the whole ‘accounting system’ for CO2 is in terms of exemptions and compliances, with ‘climate’ money better spent elsewhere for human wellbeing. They know nothing of all of this.

  • gardner.peter.d

    I have mentioned this before so I won’t bang on about it. If you have not seen this appalling ‘educational’ video by Dr Karl exhorting children to grow up to become politicians so they can fix the market for his private investors in green energy, you can watch it here:

    https://australiascience.tv/vod/dr-karl-do-you-believe-in-climate-change/?fbclid=IwAR0xqzQj49a_hsU2PPUEOiT_jpOPfNTHST6blQ5dzbe-g-NE3XjbGuza2bc

    This pack of falsehoods and indoctrination is promoted by Science Australia, under the auspices of the Royal Institution of Australia and distributed to schools.

  • Michael

    Elizabeth, yes, agreed. My point was that if they were serious – about climate change and getting to net zero, for example – they should have quite a different teaching agenda. Remaking the world’s energy and transport systems, agriculture and industry, the ways we live and work, requires a whole range of practical, technical and other skills, plus general adult human competences and resilience, that are a million miles from what we see going on in the classrooms.

  • Harry Lee

    Elizabeth and Michael, and the population of Earth would have to be reduced to 50%, perhaps 10%, of current levels.
    Which 10%, and who would decide?

  • Elizabeth Beare

    It is pleasing to see that Andrew Bolt has taken up the cudgels against this piece of nonsense being peddled to schoolchildren. All power to him, and to others like him, who will bring to public attention how ideologues have taken over our classrooms and universities, disempowering with falsehoods the next generation. It will take them quite a while to unlearn the lies.

  • Elizabeth Beare

    This Michael is not the Michael who is my husband. It is such a common name, perhaps commenters could make it more their own by adding a number or letter to identify a comment.

  • Winifred

    It is classified on the Primary English Teaching Association of Australia’s website as “award winning”. Here is where it can be purchased. https://petaa.edu.au/w/Store/Item_Detail.aspx?iProductCode=PET126&Category=BOOK

    I suggest that people write to info@petaa.edu.au and also to the Minister for Education at webform@mitchell.minister.nsw.gov.au

    The book is not concerned about truth and accuracy.

  • talldad

    And those stupid lyrics don’t even scan!

  • Tony Thomas

    Just noticed that a recommended PETAA reading list for primary kids includes Young Dark Emu by a Bruce Pascoe:
    “PY (Older readers)
    Gives young readers an insight into the sustainable culture of Aboriginal Australians pre European settlement, through use of historical documents from early Australian settlers. Winnerof the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. Young readers version of “Dark Emu”.
    Plus as a bonus: Planet Greta: How Greta Thunberg wants you to help her save our planet

  • Harry Lee

    Be a useful thing to dig deeper and uncover the hidden forces which comprise the anti-Westernist, power-mongering, Big Statist enslavers in all of our institutions.
    And ask why it is that there no protections in law against anti-Westernism in a country which is nominally Western.

  • petroalbion

    Here’s my email to the Minister
    Unfortunately the graphs did not survive being copied here
    Dear minister
    I am writing to express my concern over a the publication of the book ‘Teaching the language of climate change science’ by J Hayes and B Parkin.
    It is masquerading as a Primary English Teaching Aid, but is a pseudo-scientific polemic with nothing about teaching English.
    The authors claim children are too young for hard science, yet they fill the book with mistakes of fact.
    Which errors?
    Firstly, atmospheric CO2 is increasing, but global temperatures are not.
    Below is an up to date graph of Satellite temperature data.
    The three warm peaks 1998, 2016 and 2019 are El Ninos, which are driven by natural causes, not atmospheric CO2, remove them and there is no warming at all.

    Secondly, there has been zero correlation between global temperatures and atmospheric CO2 since the Industrial revolution began
    Here are the data from 1910-2020 and see second graph below green is CO2
    1910-1943: + 0.50OC increase, 11 ppm CO2 in 33 years +4.0OC/100ppm
    1943-1978: – 0.10OC decrease, 24 ppm CO2 in 35 years – 0.5OC/100ppm
    1978-1998: + 0.50OC increase, 31 ppm CO2 in 20 years +1.6OC/100ppm
    1998-2020: + 0.20OC increase, 47 ppm CO2 in 22 years +0.5OC/100ppm

    Thirdly, There is a lot of smoke and mirrors out there
    eg some say China believes in the threat of global warming, but China is opening a new coal fired power station every two weeks (India, Vietnam Indonesia & Russia doing likewise, but not so many, currently 600 in total). Australia and UK are closing two!
    CO2 emissions are reported in millions of tons atmospheric CO2 in ppm; why? Because they sound big ;but 7,800 million tons of emissions adds just 1 ppm CO2 to the atmosphere
    If any of the above facts are incorrect please tell me, and I shall withdraw my request that you look at the authors should look at the data before preaching.
    If this is being taught as Primary English, what are they teaching as science?
    Regards
    Howard Dewhirst
    Burleigh heads
    QLD 4220

  • pmprociv

    What is it about teachers, that they seem to have a perennial need to brainwash kids, instead of teaching them the essential basics? Teachers have been at the vanguard of all the nasty revolutions, starting with Paris in 1789 and culminating in Russia in 1917. Is it the lack of real world experience, divorced from the need to do any hard physical work, that allows them to romantically view the “ignorant” proletariat as noble savages? And thus to see their own role as saviours of an unenlightened world? Empowering naive and innocent students in this mindless way, to arrogantly “teach” their parents and teachers, might alleviate some of these teachers’ personal frustrations and feelings of inadequacy, but it can also lead to horrendous consequences, exemplified by Mao’s Red Guards in the Cultural Revolution, and Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge in the killing fields of Cambodia. It’s still early days, but watching those idiot students (and the usual opportunistic anarchists) in our own Extinction Rebellion protests didn’t inspire much optimism in me about where it was all heading.

  • stewarthoman

    Email to Julie and Bronwyn
    I am a retired secondary science teacher. More and more I am coming to realise the value of the use of scientific method learnt at the Sydney University science faculties.
    I tried to teach an understanding of this method to students. We studied to the depth possible, at the secondary level, established principles and current theories in physics and chemistry.
    I am concerned that your new curriculums are putting the cart before the horse by introducing emotional arguments as scientific FACTS when the discussion is really about theories. This is undermining children’s ability to become educated about the way facts and theories work.
    I am very concerned that it will be very difficult for secondary science teachers to instil the discipline of science in future students who will have been taught to rely on emotion to establish “their personal facts”. This is unfortunately not education that will serve them or society well.

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