The Tory destruction of childhood: Children as young as five will be taught to be little eco-warriors
Teaching primary pupils that humans harm the planet can be our ‘key weapon’ in the fight against climate change, the Education Secretary claimed yesterday.
Nadhim Zahawi is to urge schools to equip children as young as five with ‘the skills and knowledge to build a sustainable future’.
Teachers will also be encouraged to install bird boxes and other wildlife features on school grounds to boost ‘biodiversity’.
For the first time, primary schools will be told to include climate change in the science curriculum. Secondary schools will be shown how to address the topic in other subjects, such as English.
The plans were welcomed by the UN last night – although one critic raised fears that fuelling ‘panic’ among pupils could damage their mental health.
For the first time, primary schools will be told to include climate change in the science curriculum. Secondary schools will be shown how to address the topic in other subjects, such as English (stock image)
The Department for Education said the green policy, to be formally announced by Mr Zahawi today at the Cop26 summit, will ‘put climate change at the heart of education’.
Although teaching the new content will be voluntary, schools will be told it is ‘best practice’ to take it on board.
Climate change is already on secondary schools’ statutory national curriculum in science, citizenship and geography.
But the DfE now wants it covered in other subjects too, and will issue lesson plans showing teachers how to do so.
via climate science
November 5, 2021