Since Mind Jr arrived home from school this afternoon I have been stewing with barely concealed anger. For within minutes of getting in, a very earnest Junior sat down Mrs Mind and myself and solemnly announced that we would no longer eat red meat in our household.
The inevitable question ‘why?’ resulted in a detailed explanation concerning today’s Geography lesson. It was there Junior was informed that red meat should not be eaten any more than once per week, we were told, because any frequency beyond that will kill us all with strokes or heart attacks – and in any case it contributes to global warming.
Conscious of the need to help develop Junior’s critical thinking capability, I asked her why she thought this message had been shared in the lesson. She opined that the class had been taught this because it is good for us. And right there was the heart of the matter. No discussion about it in class, no contrary view presented, no balance to the message, just a binary condition of good v bad and that we must listen to what the ‘experts’ say. So what we have is a curriculum item check box, duly ticked, relying on an appeal to authority with theory presented as fact and a class of 13-14-yr-olds duly brainwashed with the partial and biased opinions of the political class that formed the syllabus.
In Geography this week and in Science last week, the class had been fed the party line on global warming and health. I probed further to see just how much they had been taught.
- Which greenhouse gas is present in the atmosphere in highest concentration? Methane. Wrong, I explained. Had she been told about water vapour? There had been no mention of it.
- How much CO2 is there in the atmosphere? That wasn’t covered either, so I explained it was 385 parts per million. She was stunned.
- How much atmospheric CO2 is produced by humans and how much by nature? Most of it from humans she said. No, only around 5% with the rest coming from nature. Now she was bewildered. Her next comment summed everything up when she said, cutting out red meat won’t make much difference then.
As for the dietry aspects, had there been any discussion of the effects of sugary carbohydrates, the benefits of the complex carbs and the relatively benign influence of proteins such as meat? Clearly that was too much to hope for, nothing of the sort had been covered.
It is simply unacceptable that our children are being plied with propaganda in this way. This is not an education, it is an indoctrination constructed by special interest groups. Rarely have the lyrics of Pink Floyd been more appropriate, leave them kids alone.