Young Students Going on Strike to Protest Climate Change Inaction

Miss Jean Lilburne with her class in the Grade One room at Drouin State School, Drouin, Victoria, 1916
Miss Jean Lilburne with her class in the Grade One room at Drouin State School, Drouin, Victoria, 1916. By National Library of Australia from Canberra, Australia [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The SMH has published a letter from students explaining why they have decided to go on strike. But in my opinion this strike action is a symptom of a deeper malaise within the Australian education system.

Why we’re striking from school over climate change inaction

By Harriet O’Shea Carre & Milou Albrecht
31 October 2018 — 11:53pm

It seems ridiculous that children have got to the point where they realise that the adults who are supposed to be in charge aren’t doing enough to protect our futures from dangerous climate change. So, we have decided to strike from school to show them that this simply isn’t good enough.

There are already so many solutions to climate change but our politicians aren’t doing enough to put them in place. Instead, they are approving massive new coal mines, such as Adani’s, that will wreck our future. As children, we are going to be living in this hot world far longer than the adults. This is just not fair.

We feel sorry for the future generations who don’t even get a say in the world that we’re creating, who will have to deal with even more extreme weather, who will never get to see the Great Barrier Reef and other threatened icons and species.

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Remember back when schools were places of education? Nowadays far too many schools in Australia have become places of indoctrination rather than places of learning.

From what I have seen those poor kids have likely had their minds twisted by years of relentless Australian climate propaganda, force fed to them by teachers and other authority figures.

You reap what you sow. The children are simply carrying their educational brainwashing to its logical but false conclusion; what is the point of attending school or doing your homework, if the world is about to end?

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Robert of Ottawa
October 31, 2018 3:03 pm

Using children, especally those under your care, for your political purposes is the most scumbag tactic possible. The children are not doin ghtis, the teachers are, they only repeat what they have been indoctrinated with.

Expect childre denouncong their parents for climate crimes in the future.

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
October 31, 2018 3:29 pm

Billy Bob McKibben is an expert at having kids as young as 5 turned into photo ops/props.

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
October 31, 2018 4:41 pm

Yes, and what are young teacher students being brain-washed with at the Teacher’s Colleges that makes them to think this sort of behavior is OK, and they shouldn’t get sacked for it? Oh that’s right it’s a State education system.

OK, well where are the parents then? Have they no say, do they not intend to do anything about these out of control ‘teachers’?

The ‘teachers’ keep getting away with it because the ‘parents’ keep letting them.

Reply to  WXcycles
November 1, 2018 4:33 am

Re: we’re not doing enough to protect future generations, what did previous generations do to protect us? Nada! Squat! For example, they denuded the British Isles in their relentless cutting of trees to make fires to heat their homes and feed themselves. Did they give us a thought in doing so? Did they sit around the fire agonizing over the consequences of habitat destruction and land erosion? Did they set up committees? And lastly, did their children go on strike from school? No, they were too busy just trying to stay alive, that is, until the industrial revolution and the discovery of cheap, abundant fossil fuel energy which gave everybody enough free time to sit around and grapple with non problems like climate change.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  WXcycles
November 1, 2018 8:20 am

WXcycles – October 31, 2018 at 4:41 pm

OK, well where are the parents then? Have they no say, do they not intend to do anything about these out of control ‘teachers’?

WXcycles, that was a redundant question. The answer to it is the same as above, ….. “Oh that’s right it’s a State education system.”

Those young parents along with the young teachers were all being brain-washed during their school attendance years from kindergartner thru high school and college.

There has been 40 years of PC brainwashing in the schools, so even the grandparents of many of the current and past students …… believe what the current crop of teachers believe.

Dave R Harmon
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
November 1, 2018 11:58 am

Exactly why there isn’t a si gle person under 30 worth listening to on any serious subjects.

I was an ignoramus until around 28 years, and even then my knowledge was restricted to specific periods of history and philosophy.

Reply to  WXcycles
November 2, 2018 10:09 am

Who Believes in the Concept of Coincidence in these Divisive Days?

Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
October 31, 2018 10:48 pm

I am fairly sure it has precedent in other communist regimes

J Mac
October 31, 2018 3:07 pm

C’mon! The ‘kids’ didn’t initiate this crap – Their socialist teachers did.

Reply to  J Mac
October 31, 2018 4:15 pm

J Mac

Precisely why children should be seen and not heard.

My children were subject to this crap. When I passed a comment one day on the climate change rhetoric being nonsense my daughter (16 or so at the time) was in tears accusing me of calling her teacher a liar.

I asked her who was more likely to lie to her, me or her teacher (a cruel ploy I know) but she came to her senses.

I was subject to political crap from my schoolteachers, I recognise it 45 years later, and I was affected by their liberal outlook, but I also, eventually, came to my senses.

What we, and they (teachers, nurses, policemen, firemen etc.) must also remember is that whilst they like to buck the system because they ‘don’t get paid enough’ (socialist’s never believe they are paid enough) and subvert children’s education because of their bitterness, they should add roughly 30% to their salaries as they benefit from a handsome state pension, assuming they live long enough to capitalise on it.

Yes, it’s the teachers influence, but it’s our fault if our children are indoctrinated into something we know to be wrong, or worse still, can’t be bothered to research ourselves.

By the international convention on human rights, we are individually responsible for our children’s welfare, not teachers, and certainly not politicians. It’s our duty to intervene in unacceptable school practices and I have the dubious accolade of being banned from entering my daughters school premises, for one day, until the authorities heard my case, at which point not only the ban was lifted but over the following year or so, I was instrumental in having the head teacher removed from the school.

No one fucks with my kids, but they are well aware that unless they can present a case (they are now far better educated than me) they remain seen but not heard, particularly on climate and political issues. Which makes me sound tyrannical, but I’m not as my eldest is Masters educated in Zoology and treats the greens with disdain, only partly because of me.

Cyril Wentzel
Reply to  HotScot
November 1, 2018 12:30 am

I also had an experience, having had the privilege of raising four children and reluctantly guiding them through an intellectually and politically corrupted school system here in The Netherlands.

In one case, my eldest son was obliged to join the class going to a cinema to watch Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth (what a misnomer). I restricted myself to writing a letter of objection to the school director, knowing that playing it harder would be a losing proposition.

In another case, I have coached my daughter in making a factual summary of the climate issue to be orally presented for her English class. An enjoyable endeavor that was, condensing the vast body of material to its barest essence while keeping it simple at the same time.

John Endicott
Reply to  Cyril Wentzel
November 1, 2018 8:53 am

I’m glad I don’t have kids. No way would I want them indoctrinated in the Public school systems of today (it was bad enough when I was going to public school and it’s only gotten massively worse since then). It would have to be either be a quality private school (expensive) or homeschooling (time intensive).

Reply to  HotScot
November 2, 2018 9:59 am

I, and the rest of those in my age group, had the great good fortune to have people from the “greatest generation” for parents as well as for school teachers. As a bonus item of good fortune, I had all four of my grandparents and two of my great-grandparents still living until I was well into adulthood.

Additionally, I had the luck-of-the-draw that enabled me to grow up as a redneck, hillbilly country whose world was a place that was based on truth and reality for anyone who was going to make it through and out the other side.

I regret that my grand children are unlikely to have the same good fortune.

Reply to  J Mac
October 31, 2018 9:49 pm

You can bet it will be on a Monday or Friday, so the teachers get a long weekend 🙂

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  J Mac
November 2, 2018 3:41 pm

Some day these ‘kids” will become the leaders which is the socialist agenda.

Tom Halla
October 31, 2018 3:08 pm

Expand acronyms the first time you use them. It is the Sydney Morning Herald? or is it Shaking My Yoni?

John Adams
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 31, 2018 4:20 pm


Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 31, 2018 6:40 pm

Only with the appropriate feminist head=gear.

Smack My Head is abetter acronym for that rag.

william Johnston
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 1, 2018 6:55 am

Thank you.

John Endicott
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 1, 2018 9:00 am

Stupid Morons Here.

Something Meaningless Heralded

Bryan A
October 31, 2018 3:09 pm

Dear Students in Australia
Just a short note to let you know that you are all failing your current grade and will have to repeat it next year due to the stupidity of your teacher in not informing you of the consequences of your chosen actions regarding Climate Change inaction within your country.
Your options will be:
Continue on your chosen path and sacrifice your education in the name of climate change activism
Fail your current grade and have to repeat it next year
Attend summer school for the next several years to Make-Up the missing credits
Stop listening to your Climate Activist teachers and continue your schooling so you can graduate and not have to subsist on minimum wage labor jobs

Tom Halla
Reply to  Bryan A
October 31, 2018 3:10 pm

Shaking My Head, I mean.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 31, 2018 4:25 pm

i looked up yoni (not literally) … I am now even more curious about the typo.

Tom Halla
Reply to  DonM
October 31, 2018 4:32 pm

More of a Freudian brain-fart

Robert MacLellan
Reply to  Bryan A
October 31, 2018 5:35 pm

You forgot option 3, go out to the fields to pick weeds like your ancestors did….for their entire lifetimes.

Reply to  Bryan A
November 1, 2018 7:13 am

In the UK parents get fined if their children are taken out of school for holidays during term-time.
Are the teachers going to be fined for doing the same?

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  StephenP
November 1, 2018 8:54 am

Not in the USA they won’t be fined.

All School Calendars denote all “holidays”, ….. national, state or whatever, …. as “no-school” days, including Thanksgiving week break, …. Christmas week break …… and a week of Spring Break.

Plus, all school employees have 7 or 10 days of “sick leave” each school year, ….. as well a 7 or 10 days of “personal leave” each school year.

One of the biggest “items” in many school’s yearly budget ……. is the cost of/for Substitute Teachers.

John Endicott
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
November 1, 2018 9:03 am

And in most cases the cost for Substitute teachers is basically buying a babysitter for the class while the real teacher is out. Subs rarely do any teaching, they’re just there to make sure the kids don’t run amok.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  John Endicott
November 2, 2018 4:04 am

Right you are.

And here are a few typical facts:

teacher absenteeism problem in West Virginia public schools.

Teachers begin the term with 15 personal leave days in the bank.

Approximately 1,823 teachers and over 26,000 students in Kanawha County schools.

Kanawha County spends $4.6 million a year on substitute teachers.

And the Teachers get paid for their days absent no matter if its their “sick days” or “personal days”.

October 31, 2018 3:11 pm

Children being miseducated decide not to go to skool? That seems like a step in the right direction, actually.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  damp
October 31, 2018 3:54 pm

“We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control,
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers, leave those kids alone”

They just want to be bricks in the wall.

Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 31, 2018 8:02 pm

The sooner government schools are closed, the better. The Prussians invented them as a way to create compliant drones for their factories, and the SJWs took them over to create compliant drones to vote for SJWs.

There’s no good reason to send kids to a school every day when they can learn everything they need to know on the Internet. And no sane parent would send their kids out every day to be indoctrinated by SJWs.

william Johnston
Reply to  MarkG
November 1, 2018 6:59 am

They “learn” nothing on the internet. They are just regurgitating what others write. And it is then forgotten. Unless you know the basics and have some critical thinking skills, you will stay a drone.

John Endicott
Reply to  william Johnston
November 1, 2018 8:56 am

They can “learn” a lot on the internet (mostly stuff most parents wouldn’t want them to learn) 😉

David Guy-Johnson
October 31, 2018 3:12 pm

From reading the article, it appears the strike is by all of two students. What’s the odds it’s their parents behind this?

Pop Piasa
Reply to  David Guy-Johnson
October 31, 2018 4:21 pm

You mean progeny-pimping notariety whores?
Surely not. 😎

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 31, 2018 4:37 pm

Maybe that should read; progeny-pimping public perception prostitutes?
There you go, now I have to take another P somewhere…🗑

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 31, 2018 4:45 pm

3rd try: Progeny-Pimping Public Perception Prostituted Parents.
Another P before the drive home always helps.

J Mac
Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 31, 2018 8:14 pm

Ya got me! Truly ‘laughing out loud’!

Reply to  David Guy-Johnson
November 1, 2018 12:36 am

Nah, look at the date. If you ask me the (2 sibling) students don’t give a stuff about ‘climate change’ but are simply looking for a believable excuse for them not to turn up to school in that boring period between end of exams and the end of term, and get brownie points for their ‘virtue signalling’ at the same time. And being siblings they are not going to snitch on each other, are they? Bonus points: This creates something of a moral dilemma for their no doubt ‘deep green’ teachers if they want to punish them, eh?

October 31, 2018 3:13 pm

Going on strike to protest inaction… lol!

Javert Chip
Reply to  björn
October 31, 2018 3:21 pm

I’m assuming all the kids walk to school to eliminate “carbon”…(uphill both ways & Australian snowdrifts, etc)?

Reply to  Javert Chip
October 31, 2018 4:25 pm

Javert Chip

The reason kids don’t walk to school is because parents have been terrorised by the media into believing the journey is lined with crack dealing junkies and paedophiles.

The walk to and from school was a journey of discovery in itself for me.

Reply to  HotScot
October 31, 2018 4:52 pm

Yes. One of the big mistakes was wrapping kids in cotton wool the last couple of generations and now the little frightened chickens are coming home to roost and demanding safe passage through life.

October 31, 2018 3:20 pm

It is obvious that education isn’t doing any good anyway so they may as well go on strike for life.

Reply to  mikebartnz
October 31, 2018 4:27 pm

I was thinking, this is like a pack of layabouts in day care threatening that they’re going to stop showing up for day care. Boo hoo, whatever shall we do.

John Endicott
Reply to  mikebartnz
November 1, 2018 8:40 am

It is obvious that the “education” they have received thus far is the cause of their actions. Go on “strike” just means that their “teachers” will not be doing additional harm for a short while.

M Montgomery
October 31, 2018 3:23 pm

In a world of instant info, we still have to deal with the Dark Ages. I will never forget the imagery of the young 20-year old girl in a crying fit protesting shortly after the election of Trump. She reminded me of my own daughter except this gal was crazed that the world was going to end within 10 years because of climate change and the wrong person is now President. I feel like we should be suing people/groups for something like climatology malpractice. We’ll need the proceeds for psychotherapy for millions of kids.

It’s unconscionable what we are doing to our children unnecessarily filling them with fear, lies, and bad science.

Reply to  M Montgomery
October 31, 2018 3:45 pm

It is, in my opinion, child abuse and will at some time be recognized as that.

Reply to  M Montgomery
October 31, 2018 4:28 pm

M Montgomery

The backlash from our youth relative to climate change is coming.

Kids hate being told what to do.

Cyril Wentzel
Reply to  HotScot
November 1, 2018 12:06 am

Yes, they do hat being told what to do – sometimes.
But they are prone to indroctrination where the educational system itself instills bad thinking practices. Their parents have been subjected to exactly the same practices and wouldn/t notice.
In particular, they are being taught to emote rather than engage in thinking. Proper thinking would be fact-based conceptual thinking and that it precisely what is being undermined by the ANTI-conceptual teaching practices.
The result is SJW, eco-ignoramism and other modern religious creeds.
For those interested in improving education, I found the lectures of Leonard Peikoff “The Philosophy of Education” extremely valuable. (“Close down the teacher’s colleges!”)

william Johnston
Reply to  HotScot
November 1, 2018 7:06 am

“Kids hate being told what to do”. So what is the alternative? Being lead by competent educators is a start but unfortunately college educated teachers are already filled with the indoctrination tools to use. Not good. Maybe 10% of students will self-educate. The rest? Not so much.

Reply to  M Montgomery
October 31, 2018 7:49 pm

Knowledge can be given. Wisdom must be earned.

The Millennial generation has easier access to the entire breadth of human knowledge than any other in human history, yet exhibits an alarming lack of even the most basic aspects of worldly wisdom. Every parent wishes otherwise, but it seems in the end that many life lessons have to be learned the hard way.

Hopefully before they end up in the hospital, or prison.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  drednicolson
November 1, 2018 9:48 am

I see wisdom as the application of observed information through through the foresight of hindsight.
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on Me.”
Wise people seek out all possible outcomes before commiting to an action.

October 31, 2018 3:35 pm

… schools … have become places of indoctrination rather than places of learning.

Actually, schools have always taught values. Schools are usually governed by some kind of state or provincial education act. The act won’t use the word ‘indoctrinate’, it will say inculcate.

Schools are supposed to inculcate values like hard work, punctuality, good citizenship, etc. Pretty much everyone can agree with that. When they go further the problems start.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  commieBob
October 31, 2018 3:49 pm

At least they used to learn math, classic literature, culture, history grammar… when I was a schoolboy 4 generations ago values were generally cleanliness (there were no antibiotics), fair play, honesty, charity, indystry and effort, thoughtfulness….I dont recall being taught anything political as a child. It was with my own children, that I began to see the liwering of standards an the marginalization of the smart kids, and the sociological blame game.

Craig from Oz
October 31, 2018 3:36 pm


You keep using that word. Somehow I don’t think it means what you think it means.

Maybe if Victoria wasn’t a dystopia their education system would teach these kids that a strike is a denial of supply. What exactly are these kids refusing to supply? Stress to their teachers?

A denial of usage would be a boycott.

These kids are idiots and Fairfax should realise how stupid they look for treating this remotely seriously.

The only promising thing to come out of this letter is “This is just not fair”. Well done kids, you have finally discovered something useful. Welcome to life.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
October 31, 2018 4:16 pm

Children supply money to the educational system, as the amount of money each school receives is based on head count.

Reply to  MarkW
October 31, 2018 4:33 pm


Teachers still get paid. It’s a few days off for them, and the kids ‘strike’ denies nothing to anyone but themselves.

Craig is right, it’s a boycott, not a strike.

nw sage
Reply to  Craig from Oz
October 31, 2018 6:20 pm

The kids are supplying a place for teachers to put information – call it learning. Since they clearly didn’t learn anything useful in their previous education experience it is extremely doubtful anyone will notice their absence. It certainly won’t effect the student(s) one way or the other!

Craig from Oz
Reply to  nw sage
October 31, 2018 9:51 pm

Unfortunately for the (what seems to be two) students involved the internet is forever.

Come a few years time when they throw themselves into the job market this little stunt is going to be relatively easy to find for any employer wanting to do a casual background check.

Unless they are trying to join The Greens can anyone think of a job where being a self centred troublesome teenager is going to be looked at positively?

John Endicott
Reply to  Craig from Oz
November 1, 2018 9:07 am

You assume they (the seemingly only two would-be climate warriors) will enter the job market rather than live in their parents basement as they live their lives one protest after another holding up “this rump is temporarily closed” signs and providing nothing useful to society.

Gary Pearse
October 31, 2018 3:37 pm

Parents and grandparents need to take a huge role in kid’s education. They aren’t learning math, science, and their own language, history and culture on top of the brainwashing. Don’t blame the teachers, they have to do as they are told. If and when you get rid of the “progressive” government (I know there is no real right of center left in Australia as in Europe, so it won’t be easy). US was lucky to get an iconoclast in who didnt please the left or right. He’s pretty much destroyed both.

Al Miller
October 31, 2018 3:37 pm

We feel sorry for the future generations who don’t even get a say in the world that we’re creating, who will have to deal with even more extreme weather, who will never get to see the Great Barrier Reef and other threatened icons and species.

I feel incredibly sorry for future generations if the evil, greedy green blob gets it’s way and there is a socialist UN world government. I shudder to imagine such a disgusting possibility and will fight to my last breath to prevent this from occurring.

Bruce Cobb
October 31, 2018 3:50 pm

“Please don’t say that because we are children we can’t think for ourselves and that we’ve been brainwashed.”

Well, you are children, and you obviously can’t think for yourselves and have been brainwashed. None of what you claim has any basis in reality, and you’ve obviously been coached to say those things.
If the shoe fits, wear it.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
October 31, 2018 4:39 pm

“Please don’t say that because we are children we can’t think for ourselves and that we’ve been brainwashed.”

Let’s take their word for it and give them the benefit of the doubt on this one … it’s not because they are children, it’s because they are emotionally stunted and stupid.

October 31, 2018 4:04 pm

Tell the truth, kids, you haven’t done your homework. I admire your ingenious excuse to evade repercussions, but you need to get it done and get back into school.

Reply to  Charlie
October 31, 2018 8:16 pm

For once, the family pets don’t take the rap.

October 31, 2018 4:05 pm

At some point average global temperature is going to stop going up if it hasn’t already.comment image Temperature is now about what it was in 2002. CO2 has increased since 2002 by 40% of the increase 1800 to 2002.

I wonder what these kids are going to think about this lesson after Mother Nature shows them reality.

October 31, 2018 4:06 pm

Perhaps out university Arts students could all go on strike for three years. This will improve their education outcomes no end and may give them some time to develop at least a modicum of commonsense.

For these boycotting idiots (they don’t know the difference between a boycott and a strike so don’t bother lecturing me I am not listening!) They could make contribution by walking to school (Daddy’s car is probably powered by fossil fuels and was certainly built using them), buses and trains likewise, give up all their devices. They use power , don’t you know, and god forbid it comes from coal. Meanwhile all those internal components in the devices were almost certainly made in China by coal fired power so get rid of them. Otherwise, its not fair!

Embarrassing that they are Australian students from Australian schools. I apologise but then I had a Maths education and the social justice warriors haven’t managed to mess that subject up yet.

Reply to  Quilter52
November 1, 2018 2:59 am

Don’t forget to take off all their clothes, since they are almost certainly made from petroleum.

John Endicott
Reply to  Quilter52
November 1, 2018 8:50 am

I apologise but then I had a Maths education and the social justice warriors haven’t managed to mess that subject up yet.

I suspect you’ll find all kinds of SJW nonsense embedded in the written maths questions of their maths textbooks.
“Jane is gender fluid, how many of the 57 different genders can xe be?”

Pop Piasa
October 31, 2018 4:08 pm

Oz does indeed appear to be upside-down from the conservative American fly-over states.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Pop Piasa
November 1, 2018 11:07 am

Time for these girls to read some Mother Goose.

Mother Goose on Climate Prediction

As record winds blow
Unprecedented snow,
Oh, where is our globe a’ warming?
That depends on the sun
And the ways oceans run,
Plus clouds (with complexity) forming!

Now, for quite long,
Climate models are wrong.
So, what caused the pause in the warming?
Yes, look to the sun,
The ways oceans run,
And the clouds, in complexity forming.

CO2 is “too small”
To stop temperature’s fall
When the sun, clouds and oceans together,
Begin to cause cold
In cycles so old…
No one alive can remember!

So if I do some harm
By just keeping warm,
You’ll have to kindly forgive me!

I find my solution
Makes carbon pollution;
Lest Gaia 🌎 too quickly outlives me!

holly elizabeth Birtwistle
October 31, 2018 4:31 pm

Poor kids? Nonsense. These silly girls (and it’s always girls), are punishing adults for not getting what they think they are entitled, as well as virtue signalling how ‘caring’ they are. They are clueless and disconnected from the real world. First, they wrongly assume human-kind knows anything about how our climate changes; second, they ignore the reality of real existential dangers, like national economics, energy poverty, world conflicts, and globalsm. This ‘strike’ will be widely ignored by their peers, and be seen for the foolishness it is.

Reply to  holly elizabeth Birtwistle
October 31, 2018 4:47 pm

I agree 99.5%.
I’m not sure how quickly this will be seen as foolish by their peers and I fear repetition.

Michael Jankowski
October 31, 2018 5:08 pm

“…There are already so many solutions to climate change…”


Reply to  Michael Jankowski
October 31, 2018 8:29 pm

As far as it’s solvable, it’s not a problem. As far as it’s a problem, it’s not solvable.

Edward A. Katz
October 31, 2018 5:44 pm

This is what happens when there are too many leftists in the classrooms and at the curriculum branch. They feel it’s their duty to feed them only one viewpoint instead of encouraging them to examine several and then decide which of these is most credible. Actually it’s the parents who should be taking the system to task for this type of propaganda since it’s their kids who are being brainwashed and with taxpayers’ money.

October 31, 2018 5:50 pm

The big kids just have to whip up a logo or two and abracadabra instant affordable, reliable Green power for the the littleys in future-
The infantilization of Oz education has been going on for a long time. Atlassian shrugs.

October 31, 2018 6:04 pm

I’m not sure students can go on strike. Don’t you need a job first?

Bob in Castlemaine
October 31, 2018 6:05 pm

This Andrew Bolt article shows where a generation of “climate change” brainwashing of Australian school children has lead.

Bob in Castlemaine
Reply to  Bob in Castlemaine
October 31, 2018 10:40 pm

A Castlemaine street poster, 2014 – When indoctrination replaces education:

Pete Clegg
October 31, 2018 6:10 pm

There’s only one way to describe that – child abuse. And the perps need to be prosecuted.

October 31, 2018 6:31 pm

The obvious solution is to bring back school inspectors. But th left sucessfully got rid of them years ago. Now the left wing effectivelly controls the whole of what passes as State Education.

We will just have to wait for severe winter weather and the Electricity supply failing.

What will our students do when the power goes off ?


October 31, 2018 6:34 pm

Children can learn basic literacy sitting on a tin can in a mud hut.
Australia is ranked 39 out of 41 countries from the EU and OECD in levels of quality education for children.
Australia is ahead of only Romania and Turkey in rates of basic learning skills for children aged 15-years-old based on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test.
Most Australian schools are left-wing swamps or heading in that direction.
More money = less literacy because most teachers care about teachers and not what matters to prospective employers (and most importantly the students).

Reply to  Warren
November 1, 2018 12:32 am

‘Employers’? Next you’ll be talking about ‘economics’. /sarc

The public funded teachers and media have no real concept of ’employers’ or for-profit businesses, they really don’t know about them and don’t understand their operation, necessities or priorities, and nor does the public media. They have no clue about it and care a lot less than they know.

In the mid 1990s a good friend of mine who was married to a teacher decided among themselves that they were going to (secretly) match-make me with this really cute little teacher they had found for me. So, unbeknown to me, I met and talked with this girl. And when asked, “Who’s your employer?” (and those were the words she used), I showed her my business card and said that I ran my own business. And I was then stunned to discover that she thought that running an actual for-profit business was a highly suspect thing to be doing for a living, and basically ridiculed the idea of running a business.

So, a bit peeved by this (but hiding it) I asked her what she did for a living, and in a very haughty tone she announced to me that her, and all of her friends sitting with us, were all “Teachers”. She obviously thought this was a much superior way to make money.

Yeah, anyway I never asked her out, and not entirely successfully avoided her (she just couldn’t believe that I was just rejecting her).

It was clear that she and her apparently enlightened and noble girlfriends had no idea about business at all, and held it in contempt! So my opinion and expectation of ‘Teachers’ has reflected that ever since, and they have never failed to live up to that low estimate of them.

I strongly suspect the problem of these deeply-ignorant and arrogant Teacher’s is rooted in the nonsense view-of-the-word that they’re being taught at the Teacher’s College level, because this girl was only a few years out of college at that point, she was 24, and in her first job. She was a JCU Diploma of Teaching graduate, so goodness knows what claptrap they were getting told about reality, employment, business and economy that lead to her thinking that way about business.

The funny thing was my mate who was secretly setting me up with her also ran a proper small-business and employed ~6 people. His wife didn’t have a problem with business but she was about 15 years older, and she had also owned and operated a small coffee shop because she didn’t want to be a teacher any longer, the business flopped, so she went back to teaching again. So she at least understood business, and how tough it could be.

But most teachers are generally clueless and inexperienced about the way other people earn a living, they operate in a bubble of tax-funded plenty, they don’t need to learn and understand the way the Private sector works, to fund their Salary. So it’s not all that surprising (to me) that they’re teaching ignorant and actually damaging world-views and unrealistic expectations to people’s children. Or pulling outlandish stunts like this one.

Given they generally don’t understand the real world, and are unlikely to soon, they need to be made to stick to the program, or else, get fired. And I’m sure it’s in their work contracts right now, to do that.

At least they would understand that their actions have repercussions for failing.

But the Staffing at Teacher’s Colleges will be the source of this absurd mentality that has developed within Australian teachers.

Reply to  WXcycles
November 1, 2018 2:17 pm


Great anecdote.

My one and only blind date was when I was invited out by some friends, following a painful separation from my now ex wife. I was about 28 years old.

They ‘coincidentally’ invited a friend of theirs, a stunning, 5′ 10″ tall air hostess who, under any other circumstances, I would have considered well out my league. But as it was a social occasion as far as we were both aware, neither of us harboured any expectation, so from the moment we met we got on like a house on fire.

We dated for a short time but as often is the case, our respective personal circumstances meant it was never to be.

That was nearly 40 years ago, and on occasions I still wonder what happened to her. It would however, never have worked as she was a 100 mph character and I was, and still am, far too laid back and lazy, we would have driven each other mad.

But man, was she ever gorgeous. Picture the stereotypical glamorous, confident, long legged female air crew member, then add in a large dollop of a funny, intelligent, enchanting character, with no airs and graces, an erotic imagination, and you have the perfect woman for we more feeble minded males. Also for the more robust minded males, and for some women as well…….. ~ahem~ She wasn’t shy about reciting some of her encounters on layovers.

I’m sure there must be some scientific rigour relative to our relationship, if not my post might be deleted by a mod as inappropriate. 🙂

Wallaby Geoff
October 31, 2018 7:04 pm

If that’s a photo from 1916 I’ll eat my hat. 1946 more likely.

October 31, 2018 8:05 pm

Burn the people who deny the prophecy of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Cooling… Warming… Just Climate Change. And your little fetus, offspring, baby, too.

Reply to  n.n
November 1, 2018 2:19 pm


Another violence provoking post.

Can it be deleted please.

Robert W. Turner
October 31, 2018 8:05 pm

After 50 years of hard work, I think Carter’s US Department of Education has achieved its goal.

October 31, 2018 8:14 pm

Considering what these children are learning about “climate change”, it is actually beneficial to them if they go on strike!

November 1, 2018 12:14 am

Feed the kids grass or some such according to the Moonbats-–-the-new-sci-fi-diet-that-could-save-our-planet/ar-BBPbX0p
Finishing up with Soylent Green by the sounds of it. We know kiddies have to eat their greens but you don’t have to be sadistic and completely over the top with it doomsdayers.

michael hart
November 1, 2018 1:06 am

There are few school kids in the world who wouldn’t benefit enormously from an extra hour per day spent learning and using mathematics. I expect Australians are no different. With these particular ones I recommend two extra hours per day. After a while you won’t need to spend much time telling them how much rubbish they have been taught about global warming because most of them will start to figure it out for themselves. The natural curiosity, inquisitiveness and rebelliousness of youth will already be there. All that is lacking is some of the intellectual tools that even a modest grounding in mathematics will furnish them with.

Obviously it won’t work with every student. After all, Gavin Schmidt was a mathematician too. In fact he probably still is. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that your bank balance tends to increase once you start to publicly profess a loud belief in the alleged dangers of global warmin’ as caused by carbon dioxide. Every professional politician can also do that kind of financial arithmetic.

November 1, 2018 4:11 am

bet the rest of the class dont miss em at all

Steve O
November 1, 2018 4:25 am

“Although the political dynamics make radical change difficult, strong leadership can and should prevail in the fight against catastrophic climate change. Despite the immediate negative economic impact, we all need to take a longer view.

— Aiden, age 8

“People need to do the things they need to do individually to ensure the sustainability of the planet. But we must also demand that our elected representatives take action. Where risk is great, so are the benefits of addressing them.

— Brittany, age 7

“Due to the enormity of the threat, and the unwillingness of the citizenry to do what’s needed, we may need a temporary suspension of democratic governmental systems.

— Olivia, age 9

jeremy cogdon
November 1, 2018 6:37 am

Below is as an add hopefully the link works.

Harriet 14 says she is worried in a world where the rain is a novelty but severe storms are the new normal. Now she might be talking about sand storms if so dont worry about the bush fires. Maybe I am missing something but this would have to be one of the most stupid statements I have heard. Does Harriet think what she is saying as most severe storms would bring rain and lots of it.

Johann Wundersamer
November 1, 2018 7:15 am

From what I have seen those poor kids have likely had their minds twisted by years of relentless Australian climate propaganda, force fed to them by teachers and other authority figures. –>

Those kids need no learning but having a fine time all year long protesting in schools and out on the streets.

November 1, 2018 8:27 am

Great — another excuse to skip school. Just what we need, since students today are sooooooooo dedicated to the discipline of intellectual development. /sarc (did I really need that tag)

John Endicott
November 1, 2018 8:33 am

We have decided to go on strike from school to show our leaders that, right now, tackling climate change feels more important than our education.

Apparently everything is more important than your education because clearly you haven’t been educated about the facts of the stuff you are throwing a temper tantrum about.

lease don’t say that because we are children we can’t think for ourselves and that we’ve been brainwashed. This is an excuse adults use to ignore kids. Being children may mean that we are less mature, less educated and less articulate, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t think for ourselves and make our own decisions. Please see past our age, and hear what we have to say about the climate crisis.

it’s not an excuse when it’s true, you admit that you are “less educated and less articulate” and yet you’ve been lead to believe that you, in your uneducated state, should have your tantrums listened to on a subject you clearly have no grasp of the facts about. Get educated about that facts rather than throw a wobbly over they stuff you’ve been indoctrinated into believing. Learn to logically articulate the facts rather than emote like a little brat, and then you will have something to say that is worth listening to.

November 1, 2018 10:43 am

Next up they have pets, newborns, and grandparents.

November 1, 2018 12:11 pm

I enough of them go on a hunger strike, and stick with it, it would go a long way to solving the overpopulation crisis they paradoxically also worry about.

John Endicott
Reply to  brians356
November 1, 2018 1:09 pm

If they want to be taken seriously about their “concern” they should immediately adopt a carbon free life style “No (smart)phone, no lights no motor cars, Not a single luxury, Like Robinson Crusoe, As primative as can be”. They wouldn’t last a week but maybe they’d learn a lesson in the trying.

Ivan Kinsman
Reply to  John Endicott
November 2, 2018 8:18 am

Don’t be absurd. Just because you believe in global warming doesn’t mean you want to return to the Stone Age.

John Endicott
Reply to  Ivan Kinsman
November 2, 2018 11:47 am

Use your brain Ivan, and see what the end results of the policies you true believers advocate is. If you leave fossil fuels “in the ground”, it will be a return to the stone age. It’s only cheap, abundant energy (ie fossil fuels) that make modern society possible. without fossil fuels, you won’t have smart phones, or motor cars, and lights only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. You might want to ditch modern society but thankfully everyone else doesn’t.

Ivan Kinsman
Reply to  John Endicott
November 2, 2018 12:04 pm

Ok and at what cost? There has to be maximum renewables and minimum fossil fuels. A balance has to be struck.

John Endicott
Reply to  John Endicott
November 2, 2018 12:56 pm

Why, because you say so? Sorry, your declaring it so doesn’t change that fact that “maximum renewables” is a pipe dream. Renewables (wind and solar) are unreliable and uneconomic. Take away the subsidies and no one would be building bird choppers or plastering solar panels on every surface they can find. If you want a modern society you need cheap abundant energy. (barring the discovery of some as yet unknown fuel source) that means fossil fuels. You could cut back on the amount of fossil fuels by building more nuclear plants but your fellow travelers hate and oppose nuclear as much if not more than they hate and oppose fossil fuels. If you want to live in the stone age, then “maximum renewals” is the ticket for you. I prefer modern society thank you very much.

Ivan Kinsman
November 1, 2018 11:00 pm

I think thesr children are very well aware of what is happening to the climate and have not been brainwashed – they can think and read for themselves unlike the US sceptic community who still choose to ignore the scientfiic data – like in the recent scientific study on the warming oceans – because it does not fit in with their narrative:

Bill In Oz
November 2, 2018 1:02 am

Ummmmm ? The world is now awash in prophets sprouting complete catastrophe drawn from their climatology.

But it has ever been thus. A generation or so ago, it was Marxists, Communists and Trotsyites who foretold the end of the capitalist world and the dawn of a new socialist utopia. And during the 19th century various Christians sects foretold the end of days and the apocalypse…

All these ideologies have gained substantial support from people around the planet..But each of them has fallen by the wayside as their prophecies fell flat.

it is in our stars that some of us are mislead by such nonsense.

Ivan Kinsman
Reply to  Bill In Oz
November 2, 2018 1:10 am

Looking at the research data of respected climate scientists is rather different to listening to be bunch of Old Testament prophets spouting their hearsay. One can refute the latter as a bunch of mumbo jumbo whereas one cannot write off proven scientific data quite so easily. But for the US sceptic community they equate the two – which shows them in their true colours

Tom Halla
Reply to  Ivan Kinsman
November 2, 2018 8:16 am

No. Ivan, it is more a comparison of their track records for making accurate predictions in a time-frame that can be checked.

John Endicott
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 2, 2018 11:54 am

Indeed. That artic still isn’t ice free, the West Side Highway is still high and dry, children in the UK still know what snow is, etc. Every predicted calamity has failed to materialize. and continues to fail to materialize as time goes on, yet idiots like Ivan keep believing them to be real. Science is predictive, if your predictions fail than your theory has been falsified.

Ivan Kinsman
Reply to  John Endicott
November 2, 2018 12:08 pm

Don’t play the fool. Everyone acknowledges that climate patterns are gradually changing and it is human-induced. Keep on ignoring the evidence staring you in the face. The other 99% on the planet are not so stubborn.

John Endicott
Reply to  John Endicott
November 2, 2018 12:49 pm

The fool here is you Ivan, Climate changes it always has and with or without man it always will. That’s the plain and simple fact of it. Man’s part is miniscule at best. We are fortunate that the climate has gone from the cool LIA to the current slightly warmer period that we live in. Warm periods have always been times of prosperity for life on earth, its the cools times that are the biggest danger to the inhabitants of this little planet of ours. You huberistic delusions don’t change the facts or life on Earth.

Ulric Lyons
November 2, 2018 8:14 am

If Australia invested in CO2 emissions in the hope of increasing La Nina conditions that would make some kind of sense.

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