British Education Minister Responds To GWPF Report On Climate Education
A spokesman for Michael Gove, [the Secretary of State for Education], has said that teachers who do not offer a balanced view on issues like climate change are breaking the law. The Department for Education’s comments came after a report from The Global Warming Policy Foundation raised serious concerns about the lack of balance in British classrooms.
The report by Andrew Montford and John Shade, warned that “eco-activists” in the education system were frightening children and using “pester power” to ensure parents are forced to adopt lifestyle choices dictated in schools.
The report said: “We ﬁnd instances of eco-activism being given a free rein within schools and at the events schools encourage their pupils to attend. In every case of concern,the slant is on scares, on raising fears, followed by the promotion of detailed guidance on how pupils should live, as well as on what they should think.”
However, shortly after the findings were reported at media outlets including Breitbart London the Secretary of State for Education’s Spokesman issued a statement pointing out his “concern” about the findings.
He said: “The Secretary of State read this report with concern. Ministers are clear that the new national curriculum must equip young people with the core knowledge they need to understand the weather, climate, the earth’s atmosphere, physical geography and the interaction between nature and the environment.
“That means in both science and geography, pupils must learn the facts and processes which underpin public discussion of climate change. They must be equipped with the scientific knowledge to make their own judgments about political responses. They must not be directed towards a particular campaigning agenda.
“Schools should not teach that a particular political or ideological point of view is right – indeed it is against the law for them to do so. Great care should be exercised to make sure information provided to students is scientifically rigorous. It is important that any material used in the classroom is rooted in science, not driven by the aims of a campaign.”
Dr Benny Peiser, from The Global Warming Policy Foundation, welcomed the comments but called for an independent enquiry into the actions of teachers.
Peiser told Breitbart London: “We are pleased that the Secretary of State is clearly concerned about the evidence we have put forward in our report. But we are worried that there is a discrepancy between what the Secretary of State wants and what is going on in Schools.
“This is a positive response but the next step is to ensure anything that contravenes these standards is weeded out.”