Education on Climate Change, Not Scare Tactics

No matter how strongly teachers may feel on the subject of climate change, there is no place for scare tactics in a Primary classroom.

PRIMARY school children are being terrified by lessons claiming climate change will bring “death, injury and destruction” to the world unless they take action.

On the eve of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s carbon tax package announcement, psychologists and scientists said the lessons were alarmist, created unneeded anxiety among school children and endangered their mental health.

Climate change as a “Doomsday scenario” is being taught in classrooms across Australia.

Resource material produced by the Gillard government for primary school teachers and students states climate change will cause “devastating disasters”.

Australian National University’s Centre for the Public Awareness of Science director Dr Sue Stocklmayer said climate change had been portrayed as “Doomsday scenarios with no way out”.

The fear campaign must stop.  It is a manipulative and immature tactic by a desperate Government.  Our job as educators is to empower and motivate not scare our students senseless.

I refuse to teach Government resource material that has the potential to frighten my students.

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3 Responses to “Education on Climate Change, Not Scare Tactics”

  1. Pete Holden Says:

    Let me agree with this advice by sharing my experience with even older kids — 13 year olds. In the mid 1970s I was teaching the then current climate theory, global COOLING causing ice ages and sea level drops starting in 2000. Many parents told me how I had scared their children and I wasn’t even trying to. Yep, be careful.

  2. John Shade Says:

    Well said: ‘The fear campaign must stop. It is a manipulative and immature tactic by a desperate Government. Our job as educators is to empower and motivate not scare our students senseless.

    I refuse to teach Government resource material that has the potential to frighten my students.’

    I hope there are a lot more like you!

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