From September, secondary school students in Northern Ireland will be offered the opportunity to study for a new qualification in climate change and environmental action.
The Department for Education has just approved a new course which is entitled, Reducing Carbon Footprints Through Environmental Action.
According to The BBC:
The new qualification is awarded by the Open College Network, Northern Ireland (OCN NI).
A GCSE equivalent, it will be assessed by coursework rather than exams.
A new natural history GCSE has recently been introduced in England, which includes teaching pupils about climate change and how to protect the planet.
In Scotland, the national exams body will no longer ask pupils to give explanations on the “positive” effects of climate change as part of a geography course.
Many pupils in Northern Ireland already cover environmental topics in subjects like geography, but the new qualification brings a number together on one course.
It includes modules on things like understanding the role of carbon in climate change, tackling single-use plastics, fast fashion and climate campaigning.
The environmental education manager at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Charlene McKeown, has helped produce resources for schools offering the subject.
“There’s a definite need for our young people to become aware of the environmental crisis that they are essentially living in and about to face,” she told BBC News NI.
“At the moment there’s a huge gap in our curriculum for environmental education specifically focusing in on the climate crisis.
“We believe this essentially is a quick solution for our teachers to get stuck into it rather than waiting on curriculum change.”
The number of pupils who study the new qualification will be down to the number of schools who decide to offer it to GCSE or AS-level students.
This is indoctrination, plain and simple. One could also make the argument that it’s tantamount to child abuse. They are effectively terrorising children now. There is no climate crisis. The world isn’t going to end or become uninhabitable anytime soon.
Roger Waters put it best: We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom. Teacher, leave them kids alone. Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone.