School strike over climate

I have great admiration for those young people walking out of school today to protest about inaction on climate change. I wish I could go back to school to walk out with them!

The hashtags #climatestrike #YouthForClimate #FridaysForFuture and #schoolstrike4climate will get you to posts about it on social media.

Our schools must, these days, promote British values through enabling students to:

  • develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely

There’s an argument to be made that any school that isn’t missing a few (or a lot of) pupils today isn’t really doing its job!

Contrasting views;

… from the Association of Head Teachers who said:

When you get older pupils making an informed decision, that kind of thing needs to be applauded.

“Society makes leaps forward when people are prepared to take action. Schools encourage students to develop a wider understanding of the world around them. A day of activity like this could be an important and valuable life experience.

as reported https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1085257/education-outrage-head-teachers-support-pupil-strike-climate-chang

… and Toby Young, journalist and former director of the New Schools Network who said:

Calling this a strike is ridiculous. What are they going to do? Down pencils? “This is just truanting. For the NAHT to condone it is a shocking dereliction of duty.

as reported https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1085257/education-outrage-head-teachers-support-pupil-strike-climate-chang

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