No wonder our education standards are in decline when innocent children are being encouraged to attend climate change inaction rallies instead of school. Children who are falling behind in their education and don’t want to participate in the rallies are sent home.  Children need to be children and should wait till they old enough understand what they are protesting against and not going because their teachers told them they had to go. Protests can get ugly and are not where we want our children to be. 

World Education Ranking       Click to Enlarge

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which surveys the learning standards and knowledge of 15-year-old students in more than 70 countries throughout the world, shows that Australian and UK student’s scores on reading skills, mathematics and scientific literacy have recorded statistically significant declines since 2000, while poorer countries have continued to improve.

The PISA survey of Australian student education standards below show they were higher in 2012. With PISA the release of 2016 results out, the media is once again bemoaning the falling standards of our Australian education system. Half of Australia’s high school students have flunked the minimum international


standard in mathematics, reading and science despite Australian schools being better resourced than most industrialised countries, Australia is slipping further and further behind.

PISA 2102 Ranking  Click to enlarge

The natural response is to blame someone. Interest groups point the finger at our teachers. Others blame a lack of government funding or not fully supporting Gonksi. However, much of this ignores the most important question: “Who is responsible for someone’s learning?”

Are teachers the ones ultimately responsible for a young person’s learning? Are their parents the ones who are responsible?

We blame our teachers, our schools and our government but all too often forget that raising children, supporting them to become the people we want them to be, is everyone’s responsibility.


Young Children Protesting  Click to enlarge

A teacher is there to support learning, not to be fully responsible for it. Education is a partnership between the child, the school and the parent.

Tackling falling standards with more money and criticism of teachers hasn’t arrested the decline. The same story appears in our papers each time the PISA results are published.

We need to have a conversation about our values. We need a compelling vision for our future. We need to rethink what our schools look like and how education is delivered. We need to work together rather than shift the responsibility for what is ultimately our own choices. We need leadership.       Link to Video

The falling standards of our students is a complex problem, it isn’t just the responsibility of our schools to educate our children.


  1. Son of Gibbo says:

    The public have rejected the warming scam now they start preying on the minds of our children.The climate change, climate emergency fanatics thought they would win the election but the Australian public thought differently.

    • Judith says:

      “When it comes to future climate, no one knows what they’re talking about. No one. Not the IPCC nor its scientists, not the US National Academy of Sciences, not the NRDC or National Geographic, not the US Congressional House leadership, not me, not you, and certainly not Mr. Albert Gore.”
      Doctor Patrick Frank

  2. Geraldine says:

    The children in the climate rally photo carrying signs would be no more than 8 years old and judging by what is printed on their signs they would have no idea of what they are protesting about.

  3. Anonyme says:

    How desperate are they that they should choose school children to spread their “end of the earth” dogma? How cowardly and how desperate are they that they must use eight year old’s? It reminds me of the totalitarian regimes that dominated Europe during the 1930’s.

  4. Concerned says:

    A measure of school performance?
    “Rather than calling schoolchildren truants when they show up for society in a way that puts the rest of us to shame – we should be using the strikes as a measure of school performance. In my book, any secondary school that doesn’t have pupils informed enough to join the protests is underachieving. Perhaps that sounds like irresponsible, progressive nonsense. But it is fully in line with the education policies that those opposing the strikes have spent the last decade championing in schools” Guardian Newspaper.

  5. Arnold says:

    What if there is drop in temperatures like what happened in the period from 1944 through to 1974. Will they say it was caused by CO2 too?. We can prove that our oceans are choking with plastic waste and the rate of pollution yet they hang on to the global warming theory based on man’s emissions of carbon dioxide. Australians are wood ducks for believing all this rubbish. It is nothing more than a cult. Let our children learn!

  6. Left Age Newspaper says:

    According to the AGE,The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council report cites a 20-centimetre sea-level rise by 2040 and between 40 centimetres and one metre by century’s end…..CRIKEY!
    Not the 6 cm rise predicted by the IPCC!….HELL!

  7. Frankstonia says:

    “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future” Adolf Hitler

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