We now live in a world rife with fake news and an unreliable, biased media.

During this confusing time in history, it is incredibly important that our children are receiving a balanced and objective education.

It has been said that a new school curriculum will be introduced to the New Zealand education system this year, which is designed to educate students about climate change. The discussion around climate change is one of the most talked about issues in the world today, and I believe that children should be equipped to engage in this discourse effectively.

However, I have noticed a concerning trend of absolutism and indoctrination from the politically correct left in relation to this topic.

The curriculum claims to provide a platform for students to engage in a two-sided debate on the issue of climate change. In reality, it has the potential to influence our young impressionable children subversively. Students will be invited to role-play debate scenarios, with one student playing a ‘climate activist’ and the other a ‘sceptic’. This exercise would appear on the surface to bring a balanced approach to the debate, but there is an unfortunate and inescapable bias to it. Instead of acknowledging the potential validity of both sides of the argument, the students will be fed so-called absolute science. They will be trained to manage their frustrations and negative emotions towards ‘the unconvinced’.

There is no denying that our climate is changing, or that we need to take action to clean up our environment. At the same time, we need to ensure that we give our children the tools to decide for themselves how they will respond to these issues.

Clayton Mitchell
New Zealand First MP