Preparing our children for future ridicule.

A particular resolution passed unanimously at the Liberal National Party (LNP) state conference in Brisbane, Queensland reminded me of the recent “evolution wars” in Texas, USA, where narrow-minded, backward thinking, superstitious, scientific illiterates tried in vain to get the teaching of evolution banned from their state’s curriculum, because it threatened their belief system. Well it seems the narrow-minded, backward thinking, science illiterate, out of touch, angry old men of the LNP want to have the teaching of human induced climate change banned from the curriculum of Queensland schools.

The backward science illiterates of the LNP heirarchy

These morons backed a motion by one of the other morons, a LNP member from Noosa, Richard Pearson, who labelled the more than 70000 climate experts from around the world, ”false prophets who would poison the minds of our children in our schools”. Then borrowing heavily from the Bible of denialism, WUWT went on to say, ”Few people understand that the so-called science of climate change is really what can be defined as post-normal science.” Read about it here.

It is well-known that the conservatives especially in Queensland are very close to the mining industry with people like mining magnate Clive Palmer a card-carrying member, and his companies, major financial contributors. Clive Palmer, and mining people like him, stand to lose the most when our politicians finally wake up and hold them accountable for their raping of the environment and subsequent vandalism. In the meantime, they know they can’t win the argument with intelligent adults, so now they want to catch them early, while they are children.

The irony is, that on the 16th March, 2012 the LNP released a media statement titled, “Preparing our children for future success.” I guess it depends on how you define success. Is it defined by how much environmental degradation one can create? Is it defined by how many scientific facts can be ignored? In that media release or policy statement or whatever it is, it says, ” The LNP will work for families and our children’s future by revitalising Queensland’s schools to get the basics right and make our education system world class.” Also, “Science and Technology will be a key plank to the LNP’s plan to grow a four pillar economy and create jobs for Queensland families.” One can only wonder what sort of world class science and technology education doesn’t include the truth about human induced climate change when that truth is endorsed by all the world’s leading science institutions? I mean seriously, what the hell is wrong with these people? Are they that mentally deficient? Here are the facts they don’t want Queensland children to know.

These are of course just a handful of so many more that are unequivocal in the support of the evidence for human induced climate change. To ignore it is juvenile and dangerous. To deliberately misinform children about the it, is child abuse. One can only hope that Campbell “I’m in the business of coal mining” Newman will ignore the insane rumblings of the narrow-minded, backward thinking, science illiterate, out of touch, angry old morons of the LNP and opt for sanity and scientific honesty. I won’t hold my breath.

Finally, I feel for any teachers who have the prospect of being forced to lie to the children they teach. I hope that, if confronted with that moral dilemma, they tell the LNP to stick it where it fits and do the right thing by these children and give them the respect they deserve by being honest and teaching them the truth.

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21 responses to “Preparing our children for future ridicule.

  1. Mike, your language is more colourful than mine would be; but your frustration is entirely understandable. This is what happens when scientific truth becomes politically incorrect. Sadly, it is the anti-intellectual and anti-scientific wing of Christendom drives the ideological blindness of so many socially conservative people. This does not disappoint me simply because I am socially conservative myself; but because it is also theologically unnecessary.

    However, if these people were to be intellectually coherent (albeit completely irrational), they would have to object to the teaching of cosmology, and the size and age of the Universe; but I do not believe they would dare do this… Similarly, they appear equally unwilling to accuse particle physicists of being part of a plot to install worldwide atheist government? Why not? Such an argument is about as plausible as that which says climate scientists seek worldwide socialist government, isn’t it?

    • After some time to cool down I replaced a word that might be considered a little too colourful. I have also subsequently emailed the link to this post to all of the Queensland parliamentarians. No doubt the conservative ones will ignore me just as they ignore the evidence for climate change.
      I love the conspiracy theorists. As frustrating as they are, they crack me up. I had a conversation with one just a few days ago at a social function, that went like this…

      Me: So let me get this straight… all the climate scientists in the world are lying to the world about climate change?
      CT: Yes, its a government plot to get a one world government.
      Me: Why? What do the scientists stand to gain?
      CT: Ummmm, they will probably get more money.
      Me: Aren’t they already receiving research grants?
      CT: I guess so, but if they had nothing to report they wouldn’t be in a job.
      Me: Do you actually understand the way research funding is administered?
      CT: …………………………Ummmmmmm….
      Me: So you’re making an argument about something you don’t actually understand?
      CT: They want to bring in a socialist government.
      Me: But under socialism or communism wouldn’t they be paid less than they are now because aren’t those systems about sharing the wealth? Do you actually think scientists who are paid above the average wage, using greed as their motivation, are fighting to bring in a system where they will be worse off? Is that really what you are saying?
      CT: ……………….ummmm…………
      Me: Well, I’m feeling hungry now, so I might go and starve myself.
      CT: That doesn’t make sense.
      Me: Exactly.

  2. What a backward bunch of Toad Licking Hill-Billy`s.

  3. john byatt

    i condensed this post into a letter to the editor sunday night.
    was printed in this morning’s paper.

    20,000 readers,

    thanks

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  5. john byatt

    The Editor cut it down from the original but it went in like this .

    Recently the LNP passed a resolution to have climate science removed from the QLD school curriculum, calling climate science post normal science, whatever that means?. On the 16th March, 2012 the LNP released a statement “Preparing our children for future success.” I guess it depends on how you define success. Is it defined by how much environmental degradation one can create? Is it defined by how many scientific facts can be ignored?. In that media release or policy statement, it says, “ The LNP will work for families and our children’s future by revitalising Queensland’s schools to get the basics right and make our education system world class.” Also, “Science and Technology will be a key plank to the LNP’s plan to grow a four pillar economy and create jobs for Queensland families.” One can only wonder what sort of world class science and technology education doesn’t include the truth about human induced climate change when that truth is endorsed by all the world’s leading science institutions?
    teachers are now faced with the prospect of being forced to lie to the children they teach. I hope that the teachers will instead stand tall and tell children the truth.

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  9. Pearson

    Keep frothing at the mouth if you want – it takes only one ugly fact to disprove a beautiful theory in science.
    regards, Dr Richard Pearson, Qld Australia.

    • okay, I’ll bite. What fact and what theory?

    • john byatt

      What is it with medical practitioners ?

      we have had Dr Weston Allen in the paper for about six months, I think that Pearson like Allen will be just regurgitating the WUWT misinformation,

      Think that he would share his one ugly fact though, must be a secret.

      regards doctor,now do you have the fortitude to debate in the Gympie times, so that all can judge your competence? I doubt it.

      regards

      • What is it with whacking the honourific at the start… Dr Richard Pearson? It must be a medical thing although, while it generally isn’t done in the sciences, particularly environmental sciences, it is used by some deniers, I think as a way of trying to add weight to their opinion. However, an argument should be able to stand on its merits alone without needing the appeal to authority. I’m surprised he didn’t stick the letters after his name. I doubt he’ll offer up what his magical ugly fact is.

  10. john byatt

    They do not even extend the same courtesy to real Doctors, Allen always signed himself as Dr, never general practitioner, and then referred to scientists with actual doctorates without such title. DK

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  12. Daphne T

    I’m not sure where you live (I hope for your sake it isn’t the Sunshine State or they’ll hunt you down), but you’re only scratching the surface of the impact of the anti-science religious right on politics. I only just discovered that my teenage daughters, who were educated at a supposedly non-denominational independent school, have never been taught about the theory of evolution as part of the science curriculum. This was apparently because the school’s position was that ‘evolution is only a theory’. Hmmm. Like gravity, right? I’m now just waiting to see a move from the LNP to introduce the teaching of intelligent design.

    • Hi Daphne

      I grew up and spent most of my adult life in Queensland but have recently moved interstate. I still have loads of family up there with lots of nieces and nephews stuck in the education system. We chose to homeschool our kids many years ago for secular reasons. I wouldn’t be surprised if Can-do and his loony right mates push for that garbage. Just give them time.
      On them hunting me down, I emailed every single one of them the link to my blog.

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