Thursday, October 11, 2007

A good Act to follow

Lawrence Solomon weighs in on the recent British High Court findings regarding Al Gore’s global warming schlockumentary. In addition to the court findings of ‘error’ in the film, what is notable is the U.K. Education Act of 1996:

...explicitly requires that: "The local education authority, governing body and head teacher shall forbid ... the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school."
Excellent idea, but that didn’t stop the government from explicitly endorsing the political indoctrination of school kids. The U.K. Education Secretary said:

"influencing the opinions of children is crucial to developing a long-term view on the environment among the public. Children are the key to changing society's long-term attitudes to the environment. Not only are they passionate about saving the planet, but children also have a big influence over their own families' lifestyles and behaviour."
This was supported by the Environment Minister who endorsed a closed mind approach to climate science:

"The debate over the science of climate change is well and truly over, as demonstrated by the publication of the report by the IPCC..."
Thankfully, someone challenged (so far, successfully) the government’s blatant disregard of the law.

I know the Gore sci-fi horror flick is being widely shown in BC schools and no doubt elsewhere. It would be nice if we had laws forbidding such propaganda. The British Education Act would be a good one for us to emulate.