Teach­ing trav­esty

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

What a trav­esty our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is be­com­ing. De­spite the fer­tile un­sci­en­tific mind­sets of some, in­clud­ing many teach­ers, the science on the cause of cli­mate change is far from set­tled, par­tic­u­larly on hu­mans be­ing the prob­lem. Cli­mate has al­ways fluc­tu­ated and will con­tinue to do so.

By all means let the adults de­bate this sen­si­bly. Ad­mit­tedly, it is hard to find a be­liever who is able to see be­yond the ex­trem­ist pro­pa­ganda, but to pre­tend that it is the role of the teacher to brain­wash chil­dren with their ver­sion of the is­sue, and then fur­ther pre­tend that this is a grass­roots up­ris­ing by the chil­dren, is a dis­grace to the pro­fes­sion — and a dis­ser­vice to those chil­dren. How pre­sump­tu­ous, how sad that much teach­ing has come to this. Gary Smitham, Kel­lyville, NSW

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