‘If anyone wants to suggest that these outstanding youngsters should not miss lessons to demand real change from the government; I would suggest that they themselves should probably reassess what they actually bothered going to school for’.
Why I am supporting the Youth School Strike for Climate on March 15th 2019
If we have understood our maths classes, we would have realised that the current figures around climate change being projected are alarming.
If we have understood our geography lessons then we will have an understanding of the physical workings of the earth. I remember being taught the water cycle in primary school, as well as the rate at which the rainforest was disappearing. I am now in my thirties and am pretty sure the statistics have not improved in 25 years on deforestation.
If we have understood our physics, we will have understood the basics of thermodynamics, or at least how greenhouse gasses work.
If we have understood our Religious education then we will be aware of the spiritual and cultural significance of nature from around the world.
If we have ever painted something beautiful in art classes, then we will understand something of nature’s beauty.
If we have done biology we will have understood the beautiful complexity of ecosystems and their necessity for our survival.
If we have studied economics then we will realise the scale of global business and have some ideas as to how small our world has become.
If we have understood our English lessons, we will have realised I never did get the hang of commas.
The real exam for school is how we put this knowledge into practice. Or do we see each subject as an isolated exam to pass and nothing more. Have we just become statistics on a league table, in which supposedly lesser students are not allowed to take exams for the sake of a schools rankings.
If we have learnt anything in school we will realise that actually all these subjects are linked and help us understand a bigger picture of the worlds workings. Most of the youngsters attending the march will be going because they have actually understood what they are being taught in school and are being excellent citizens, pointing out the true worth of their education that ironically their teachers and leaders do not see. It is these students that I would say are passing the big exam.
When they see the government wasting all their time on infighting and an agenda that these young people had absolutely no say in, yet the most pressing concern in human history is being ignored, I would say they had a very good reason to strike.
If anyone wants to suggest that these outstanding youngsters should not miss lessons to demand real change from the government; I would suggest that they themselves should probably reassess what they actually bothered going to school for.
To find out more about the strikes visit: https://ukscn.org/
John Paul de Quay
P.s. Dear education secretary. Could we have Human Ecology introduced as a core subject please.