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School climate strike: are the protests a good thing for ‘Generation Snowflake’?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, May 29, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

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    I think we have have to have a careful balance between wanting to encourage engagement in global issues and jumping on the bandwagon for a day off.
    Students should only be striking if they genuinely are changing thier ways because they really want to make a difference. They can only do thus if they know enough about it.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: May 30, 2019
  3. epavey

    epavey New commenter

    Please read my recent blog on this.

    https://climatechangeteacherblog.wo...climate-change-its-on-the-curriculum-isnt-it/

    I think we have have to have a careful balance between wanting to encourage engagement in global issues and jumping on the bandwagon for a day off.
    Students should only be striking if they genuinely are changing their ways because they really want to make a difference. They can only do this if they know enough about it.
     
  4. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Why just for climate change?
     
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  5. rideemcowboy

    rideemcowboy Occasional commenter

    I fully support them.
     
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  6. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    I think people should only be encouraged to take part in climate change strikes if they are taking some clear action themselves to reduce their environmental impact. My colleague refused to allow his son to take part in the climate change strikes because he has so far shown no interest in doing anything directly himself to reduce his carbon footprint so it seemed a bit hypocritical to start lecturing other people. Likewise, I was appalled by Emma Thompson flying thousands of miles to speak at the London protests and then pleading that she has exceptional circumstances. It will take global government action to seriously mitigate the damage we have caused but this will have to be matched by changes to individual lifestyles. As demonstrated by the plastic bag policy, lots of individuals making a small change have a big effect on overall numbers.
     
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  7. gainly

    gainly Established commenter

    ‘Generation Snowflake’

    Isn't that a bit insulting to young people?
     
  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    It's usually meant to be, and thereby to me as a parent and teacher.
     
  9. gainly

    gainly Established commenter

    On a walk with my local ramblers group we met two girls (about 14) picking litter. We asked if they did this often and they said they did it every weekend. It would be much better if young people did something useful like that rather than skipping school.
     
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  10. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    How come gammon gets censored but threads can be started by moderators using the word "snowflake"?

    Anyway, it's a fantastic thing. Well done them.
     
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  11. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    gammon

    gammon

    gammon

    snowflake

    snowflake

    snowflake

    Seems like neither word is censored by TES
     
  12. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Censored as in not allowed to be used, rather than asterisked out.

    Whenever I have used it to describe angry males with a hypertensive complexion,it has been deleted.

    Snowflake is acceptable though
     

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