Inconvenient Truth in Schools, a Little Inconvenient?
A student from Ontario has complained that he has been shown An Inconvenient Truth a total of four times as part of high-school classes. Understandably he was shown it in his environment class, and then his world issues class, but was also shown it in history, and economics. "I really don't understand why they keep showing it," says McKenzie, whose last name is withheld on his parent’s request. "I've spoken to the principal about it, and he said that teachers are instructed to present it as a debate. But every time we've seen it, well, one teacher said this is basically a two-sided debate, but this movie really gives you the best idea of what's going on."
The practice is common in several countries now. Its part of the curriculum in England, Spain has bought copies for every school, and private donors have bought copies for schools in Australia.
Although there are errors in the film, and it has been criticised for presenting a possible climate outcome as an almost inevitable disaster, it must be positive that people are being shown it. What is needed though, is context. It’s not enough for teachers to put on a DVD and get on with marking work while the children ‘learn’ about the environmental situation we face. It is a complex issue that needs explanation and investigation. I would rather that teachers create sceptical free-thinkers than green-automatons.
In any case, the youth tend to be more aware of the environment anyway. Perhaps it should be a requirement for adults to watch the film, perhaps at airports, or Hummer dealerships? :: National Post