Al Gore film sparks controversy in NZ

Politicians have been asked to consider whether New Zealand's students are protected from political indoctrination in schools after the showing of Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth prompted a petition to Parliament.

The petition of former ACT MP Muriel Newman asked that New Zealand school children be protected from political indoctrination by inserting into the Education Act provisions similar to those in the British act.

The petition was signed by 250 people.

Dr Newman said concerned parents contacted her after An Inconvenient Truth was shown in schools in 2007.

They were concerned that teachers were not pointing out inaccuracies in the film and were not explaining that there were alternative viewpoints.

"As a result parents were concerned that their children were being subjected to political propaganda at school," she said.

The same year in Britain a High Court judge highlighted "nine scientific errors" in the Oscar-winning climate change documentary and said it should be shown in schools only as part of a climate change resource pack if it was accompanied by new guidance notes to balance the former US vice-president's "one-sided" views.

Dr Newman said "unfortunately, no such instruction was given to schools" here.

The New Zealand students who watched the film were "probably completely unaware that many alarmist claims made in the film ... are completely false".

The New Zealand Education Act did not have safeguards to protect children from political indoctrination and were "very vulnerable to propaganda", Dr Newman said.

The Ministry of Education responded to the petition and said sufficient safeguards already existed.

The professionalism and common sense of the boards, principals and teachers were the main safeguards, the ministry said.

The Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers also required that teachers present materials in a balanced manner and parents were able to take their children out of a class or change schools.

The ministry had not received any complaints about schools promoting partisan political views.

Changing legislation to align with Britain's could add a "litigious and potentially expensive element to our education system".

An Inconvenient Truth could be used as a teaching resource to develop critical thinking rather than promoting political views, the ministry said.

"The appropriate way to deal with scientific error is not through stifling debate but through encouraging critical thought and ongoing scientific inquiry."

Parliament's education select committee will now consider the petition.

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there is much curriculum, in schools, stating "Global Warming" is caused by big emitters and Co. Some text says CO2 manufacturers will be made illegal

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Let's hope that MP Craig Foss is not part of that select committee.

Mr Foss was Chairman of the committee that was meant to consider submissions on the government's proposed changes to the ETS, gather analysis from Treasury and other expert witnesses, and make appropriate changes to the bill before sending it back to parliament. Instead the National MP, failed to enforce not one of the three tasks.

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The kids are being moulded into the kind of citizens that future governments will want. Obedient and unquestioning. They will blindly follow the spin and expose dissenters. Unless action is taken to tackle this blatant propaganda brainwashing, the future will be darker than we ever imagined. Wake up NZ. Stop it now.

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NewsBusters: Gore's Film Sparks Indoctrination in Schools Controversy in New Zealand
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/04/21/gores-film-sparks-...

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Keep in mind that Al Gore was a Democrat under Clinton and that the Republicans came up with all the errors in his film. Also the link above, and the man behind it - who writes for American Thinker - is a Republican. Like any docu film or opinion , there are always two sides of the story. Newman left ACT and has her think tank, in my opinion a centre with views against almost everything National does. So, also here two sides of the story. And if you really want to make a difference in Education you need to overhaul the entire curriculum and school system.

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it seems really childish & quite pointless - to argue about mr. gore's powerful & pitifulful power point presentation in terms of democrats versus republicans - -

the fact is that mr. gore is presenting a hypothesis which is arbitrary & lacks any basis - he presents summer photographies of melting glaciers [they always melt in summer, then re-freeze in winter], claiming CO2 as the cause - at the end, he explicitly asks the audience to "make this a moral issue", instead of suggesting to question & explore the scientific aspex - - he never tried to provide any supporting evidence - -

the man is a naive, pitiable, bumbling, clodhopping fraudster, and his deceptive "product" should be presented under that label - - serik

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They were concerned that teachers were not pointing out inaccuracies in the film and were not explaining that there were alternative viewpoints.
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