How did the media miss climate striking Newington College slipping 78 places?

No one should take anything away from the tremendous 99.15 ATAR result of Varsha Yajman, one of the key figures of the school climate strikes.

Yet how quickly the lefty media and climate change activist Mike Cannon-Brookes seized on the opportunity to take a potshot at the PM Scott Morrison because of his request that kids stay at school and study rather than attend climate protests.

It would be more interesting if we were able to look at the aggregate results of those school kids that took a day off to protest to get a better sense of impacts. Easy to select an Adani earring wearing teen as if she was the median or mean score when it is quite likely she was an outlier.

Remember the headmaster of elite private boys school Newington College wilted to Yr 11 student demands to attend the climate strike this year? The school’s 2019 HSC rank fell from 98th to 176th.

Could the school’s curriculum and approach to teaching be an issue? If I was dropping $34,000pa on my kid’s education I’d be asking for my money back. It is a disaster.

Newington’s own motto, ‘in fide scientam’ (in the faith of all knowledge) doesn’t align with the statement from the school,

Newington College also accepts the reality of climate science. We consider that climate change caused by humans is an urgent issue, particularly for young people. We understand the importance of student critical thinking and student voice in addressing this singularly important issue. We thus support the decision of our boys whose parents have given them permission to be absent to represent their views about climate change at the climate march on 20 September.”

Is this what a balanced education (relying on the IPCC, an organization that is woefully governed, scandal clad and forever climbing down from alarmist claims) buys?

Or maybe the parents have more money than sense to let them protest?

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