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Discussion in 'Education news' started by RebellingforLife, Jan 3, 2019.
How is striking going to help?
The IPCC were highlighting the likely effects on mental health way back in 2001 in their Third Assessment Report
There is now a large and growing body of scientific literature addressing the effects of climate change.on mental health.
It is easy to ignore or decry. As climate change itself has been, but it will be a problem. We may have bigger problems by then though.
Well I've just gone through the whole of that report and nowhere does it say that a generation of young people will suffer a mental health crisis from not being able to cope with change, nor that their parents will be unable to support them because they too will be suffering mental health breakdowns, nor that schools need to take on the responsibility for dealing with it. Nothing remotely like that. You are right though, it is easy to decry that sort of alarmist nonsense.
I have rather more faith in the resilience of our young people and their ability to deal with change than it seems you and OP do.
Yes. Scientific reports tend not to be written in such terms. Part of the reason why past reports were not taken seriously enough.
Perhaps you are less well-versed in the coming effects of climate change? Adults are already very good at passing on stress to children in a classroom over nothing more important than grades and we are seeing a large increase in mental health issues as a result. Wait til people really get a handle on what's coming.
If the students were genuinely doing this, I would say good luck to them. They are going to need this planet longer than us. An entire shut down of the education system one day a week? If only teachers had the b all’s to do that.
But I don’t see it happening.
My posts are being checked by moderators at the moment, which is fine but does mean that my answers to the points you are making don't appear for some time. I answered these points in post #13.
They're striking against the only part of authority (government) that ever seems to notice what they do if they stick to the straight and narrow.
Presumably said students walk or cycle everywhere, wear their clothes until they fall to bits and eschew meat and heated homes. Being idealistic is all well and good, and easy and exciting. Living those principals is a lot more tedious.
Therein lies the problem. Brexit is small fry compared to the consequences of climate change. But like Brexit, the devastating effects of climate change will affect the young more than the old, so most prefer to pretend it's not happening. We are wrecking the planet for future generarions and now they've started challenge us on it, we prefer to mock them condescendingly rather than looking for solutions which might mean sacrifices for or own lifestyles.
Doomed! I thought drama was out of fashion with OFSTED.
What are these children doing with their self awarded Fridays off?
if they are getting up early and organising themselves to demonstrate outside local government buildings every week then I would be prepared to quietly arrange a couple of hours a week before or after school to catch them up on what they have missed.
Is that what they are doing?
Fortnite I believe.
Yes, they are sitting outside national or local government buildings and encouraging others to do likewise.
Greta Thunberg has spent every Friday outside the Swedish Parliament for the last few months.
Elsie Luna in Germany
Dusseldorf, Winnipeg, Boston, etc
There are also teachers in Milan taking action.
@Rott Weiler, should you or anyone else wish to read up on what is coming I can highly recommend the paper on Deep Adaption by Jem Bendell it's not comfortable reading, in fact it's pretty disturbing.
There is also a blog http://deepadaptation.info/ which expands on the original paper.
It's not "what is coming" it's one person's opinion that, amongst other things, we will soon be killing each other to avoid starving to death. It's a point of view but not one shared by mainstream scientists. But even Bendell doesn't claim that that a whole generation of young people will be tipped over the edge into a mental health crisis when confronted by social change. Which is the subject of this thread.
I answered this earlier. There is a huge amount of work predicting that mental health will be a massive problem and evidence to indicate it has already started.
Indeed, bordering on pseudo-science and alarmist fiction.
The reports that do discuss mental health issues and climate change, these are secondary to more significant worries such as famine, natural disasters etc.
Sorry, more facts.