London, 25 May 1999.
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Education Department Plans "Green" Indoctrination
Schoolchildren to be "Educated" in Anti-Car Junk Science
Leading drivers' group the Association of British Drivers (ABD) fears that the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) intends to force feed all schoolchildren with green prejudices.

According to DfEE press release 176/99, David Blunkett's Department is going to divert resources from traditional rigorous National Curriculum subjects in favour of dogma-driven "environmental" studies based on junk science. The latter is set to become part of the core curriculum for both primary and secondary schools in Britain.

THE ABD WARNS PARENTS THAT IF THIS PROPOSAL IS ALLOWED TO COME TO FRUITION, THEIR CHILDREN WOULD BE INFUSED WITH UNSCIENTIFIC ANTI-CAR, ANTI-TRUCK, ANTI-AIRCRAFT, ANTI-MODERN TECHNOLOGY IDEOLOGY.

ABD Committee member and OfSTED Schools Inspector Bernard Abrams comments: "We must encourage children to assess what is put before them calmly and critically and to reserve judgement until hard evidence is available. Otherwise, they will grow up unable to distinguish between independent scientific research and superficial fund-seeking media presentations".

The ABD fears that youngsters would be taught that (for example) runaway man made global warming is an established fact and that cars are mainly responsible, despite a large body of highly respected dissenting scientific opinion. The major factor driving climate variation is the Sun, and any temperature fluctuations we are currently experiencing are well within the established historical pattern of natural rises and falls in solar activity. But school pupils will be unlikely to learn of this in an educational climate owing more to a control culture and political correctness than objective, unbiased teaching.

"To help our children grow up into responsible, discerning citizens rather than sheep requires an unbiased presentation of the full body of scientific knowledge on issues such as climate change and our improving air quality," continues Abrams. "It makes one wonder whether OFSTED Inspectors will now have to pass an ideology test before inspecting these lessons."

The ABD also identifies ulterior motives hiding behind the "environmental" fašade. A recent example is the particularly revealing quote "No matter if the science is all phoney, there are collateral environmental benefits....Climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about (her idea of) justice and equality in the world" from Canadian Environment Minister, Christine Stewart. If the new studies are to be presented on that basis, it will be propaganda, pure and simple.

The ABD was formed in 1992 to fight unscientific and unjustified anti-car attitudes by the British government and green propagandists. It has doubled its membership in the past year as negative rhetoric has plumbed new depths.

THE ABD SAYS: TEACH OUR CHILDREN THE TRUTH.

 

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