Heads are breaking the law if they preach eco agenda, warns Gove

According to the Mail, the Education Secretary has read ‘with concern’ a report which accused ‘activist’ teaching staff of trying to turn pupils into ‘foot soldiers of the green movement’…

It found the marks children were awarded in exams depended on  ‘parroting’ the green agenda. And many widely-used textbooks included inaccurate examples.

A spokesman for Mr Gove said: ‘The Secretary of State read this report with concern. 

‘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.’ 

The study, by a think-tank set up by former Tory Chancellor Lord Lawson, warned that ‘eco-activists’ in the education system were urging  children to use ‘pester power’ to ensure parents are forced to adopt lifestyle choices dictated in schools.

‘We find instances of eco-activism being given a free rein within schools and at the events schools encourage their pupils to attend,’ it said. 

‘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.’ 

The Global Warming Policy Foundation report, by Andrew Montford and John Shade, described the teaching of climate science in British schools as ‘disturbing’.

Mr Montford said: ‘The brainwashing of our children for political ends is shameful. Those responsible for education in the UK need to take action and take it quickly.’

The report found that teaching on ‘sustainability’ and green issues pervaded the whole  curriculum, from French to religious education. 

One RE exam asked children to ‘explain actions religious people might take to look after the planet’.

The marking scheme suggested answers such as: ‘avoid polluting the world’, ‘recycle’, ‘reduce carbon  footprint’  – and even ‘protest when necessary’ and ‘join action groups such as Greenpeace’.

The report found inaccurate statements in popular geography textbooks, such as one saying there had been an ‘increase in the number and intensity of tropical storms’…

Mr Gove’s spokesman added: ‘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 not be directed towards a particular campaigning agenda.’

Green campaigners rejected the report. Adam Dyster, parliamentary liaison officer at the UK Youth Climate Coalition, said: ‘The only time when brainwashing is an appropriate term is when the likes of the Global Warming Policy Foundation deny the scientific facts of climate change.’…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Typical Mail non-story. Mark schemes offer possible answers students may give as an example. Scaremongering from media/DfE

  2. Green_Man_Vimes

    SchoolsImprove GrahamYapp So it’s okay to preach religious agendas in educational establishments but not eco-friendly agendas. Madness.

  3. robcampbe11

    SchoolsImprove Presumably this doesn’t apply to Academies who have the autonomy to teach whatever ‘eco-activist’ agenda they want?

  4. philip_w

    SchoolsImprove Global warming has been in geog textbooks for over 15 years. Balance would be in any class. Suspect more objective data now.

  5. Mike Bell

    @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove  Hey Andy, your pic does not fit the quality of your contributions – I suggest one which does not depict you as an anarchist trouble-maker, but more like the informed/concerned person you are.

  6. VictoriaJaquiss

    SchoolsImprove Mike, you are pushing ppl to point where they won’t care about the law. What you offer is rubbish. Your law is an ass.

  7. ChameleonMusic1

    SchoolsImprove The only people here with an agenda are the Daily Mail, Lord Lawson and Michael Gove! The report is just very, very silly!

  8. catrionastewart

    He’s happy for faith schools to teach “intelligent” design, no scientific basis but not about man’s impact on climate change, backed up by a plethora of peer reviewed evidence. He is either a raving loony or incredibly stupid. Either way bad for education, he’d be a laughing stock if he didn’t treat the education of all the children in England like his private fiefdom. Plonker.

  9. Sam Far

    Disappointingly superficial comments. More like jerks of the knee. Has anyone here actually read the GWPF report?

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