Alongside the box of ‘things schools should be teaching’, a new box of things schools should steer clear from: in this case, teaching about climate change. Apparently, kids run the risk of being terrified by the ‘doomsday’ scenarios that the government is providing in its kitbag of resources for schools.
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”.
Dr Stocklmayer said she was not a climate-change sceptic but worried that “too much time was spent presenting scary scenarios, especially to young people”.
“(Children) feel incredibly despondent and helpless in the face of all this negative information,” she said. “To put all of this before our children … is one of the most appalling things we can do to (them).
Not, that there’s not more than a whiff of politics in all this stuff from the Murdoch press, who are all over the climate change stuff, but it does seem a bit rich to drag out some psychologists to get everyone all heated up about what those leftie teachers are up to now. I actually don’t see any sense of there being any research at all into this; probably more a phone conversation along these lines:
Murdoch reporter to Psychologist: Do you think some kids could become anxious given all this talk about climate change?
Psychologist: Could be.
Murdoch reporter: Thanks a lot. (Aside: ‘Hold the front page’)
Note: The conversation above is purely imaginary based on the (lack of) evidence provided. Unlike the Murdoch press I haven’t hacked into anyone’s voicemail accounts. You can read more about that …
And, if you really wanted to alarm kids, you might show them the state of the parliamentary debate on all this.