More than 200 Extinction Rebellion (XR) campaigners gathered outside the Westminster Department for Education building yesterday, including teachers on half-term, some from as far afield as Leeds. They were delivering a letter calling for “appropriate support to teach the reality of this crisis and to properly prepare young people for their future”. Tes reports.
Co-organiser and XR member Tim Jones, a former secondary school teacher who quit his job to work full-time for XR, said: “Climate and ecological breakdown will define the life of every child and student alive today. They and we are facing an unimaginable catastrophe. But it’s hard for students to take the issue seriously when it plays almost no part in the content of their curriculum.”
Three specific demands to the DfE include:
Teachers must be supported to tell and teach the truth of climate and ecological breakdown.
Teachers must teach (and learn) why net-zero emissions by 2025 and complete halt to biodiversity loss are both necessary and achievable.
Policy must be informed and instructed by ordinary people via a citizens’ assembly and we must hear the voices of young people whose future now hangs in the balance.
Read the full article inclucing what student-led Teach the Future campaign is demanding WATCH: ‘Let teachers tell truth about climate change’
Would you feel confident enough to teach your pupils about climate change? Should it feature more in the curriculum? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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