Climate activists are successfully injecting Marxist dogma into our education system

Climate activists are successfully injecting Marxist dogma into our education system, by Tony Thomas.

Naomi Klein from Canada oversees courses for tens of thousands of Australian high school students. She’s an anarcho-environmentalist mobilising grass-roots mobs like Occupy to overturn capitalism. She never finished her bachelor’s degree but made a hit with her 2014 book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. …

Klein has collaborated with tax-free charity Cool Australia to provide no fewer than ten discrete lessons based on This Changes Everything for our Year 9-10 kids. Each lesson certifies, ‘Produced in partnership with This Changes Everything’. Other lessons are co-partnered with lobbyists WWF.

Cool Australia has hundreds of free environment lessons in ready-to-go format. From Cool’s start in 2008, the modules are now used by 89,000 teachers in about 80 per cent of schools. It claims 1.9 million kids took lessons in 2017. …

Teachers require kids, as per Cool lessons, to mobilise to improve society and harangue parents, small businesses, MPs, councillors and the public. With every child in class required to state his/her view, any kid would need outside knowledge and a hero’s courage to buck the teachers. The climate zealotry in schools – also enforced by teachers’ unions – contrasts with polls showing 43 per cent of Australian adults are sceptical of human-caused warming doom (Climate Institute, 2017). …

Klein’s nostrums include higher wealth taxes and ‘basic income for all’, carbon taxes, fracking bans and anti-trade ‘re-localising’. She promotes worker and community ownership and ‘community-controlled’ clean energy. Teacher: ‘Do students have their own strategies for how to develop a clean and just economy?’ …

Teachers love the stuff. ‘Wow! I’m vibrating with joy after going through your gazillion lessons and resources… this is gold,’ testified Terrina Phelan, then sustainability teacher at St Mary’s Primary, Echuca, on the website. A coordinator (hopefully not of English courses) wrote that the lessons gave her ‘piece of mind’. Maybe parents could give their local school a piece of mind too.