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This student should be education minister

While thousands of brainwashed school children march like zombies in the streets over climate change, or is it the price of porridge, Burwood Girl’s School year 12 student Joanne Tran won’t be. Joanne has written a letter to The Daily Telegraph which should be an application to become minister for education. With a student like Joanne going through the education system perhaps all is not yet lost for Australia’s future. The dopey Greens and NSW Labor candidate, Dubious Daley, should read this letter and wake up!

Climate change strike students need to learn basic economics

Joanne Tran:

Hundreds of thousands of school students around the world will be skipping school on Friday as part of a protest organised by activist group School Strike for Climate.

Source: News Corp

One of the group’s many justifications for encouraging minors to skip school is to “save our future from climate-wrecking projects”.

Many of the students who are being targeted by the group to not attend school are from Australia. Many are my classmates.

But I am one of the millions of school kids around the world and in Australia who will be not be marching today, and who instead choose to attend school.

“Why? Don’t you care about the environment?” many school pals and others have asked me.

Well, consider this an open letter to both my schoolmates and the organisers of the protest about why I won’t be missing out on a day of my education to join them.

The School Strike for Climate claims that its goal is to send a message to the government to “save our future”.

However the group’s real mission is to advance a progressive policy agenda against an innocent group of children.

The group’s website, created by the activists (many of whom are adults and come from partisan backgrounds) tries to justify their encouragement of kids to skip school by saying that there needs to be urgent action to move Australia beyond fossil fuel projects such as the Carmichael Coal mine targeted by #StopAdani activists to get the job done of moving us to “100 per cent renewable energy for all”.

At one time I, too, would have implicitly accepted this proposition at face value.

This began to change once I read more widely on the topic and was exposed to new ideas after taking economics as one of my HSC subjects.

Economics was the first-ever subject where my classmates and I no longer heard lines including “coal/mining is terrible and will be the end of us”.

These type of complaints are stock standard within a school system where the curriculum skews obviously to the left.

For the first time in my school career, I started to hear about how important commodities such as coal, iron ore and LNG are to Australian industry and our nation’s output.

In our strong and stable economy, more than 51 per cent of our total exports came from commodities, delivering Australia’s second-largest trade surplus on record.

How could a country such as ours, benefiting immensely from the prosperity brought by exporting our natural resources to the rest of the world — including its poorest — forget that this is why we have such an enviable standard of living?

Public revenue from mining and taxes generated by the goods produced through the electricity and energy generated from our resources, has allowed us to deliver world-class public healthcare and education.

Yet these activists describe the very projects that built our nation, and which millions of us directly or indirectly depend on for our livelihoods, as “wrecking projects”.

They do this while asking children to opt out of the education that they once benefited from, in order to protest the very things that helped create it.

The lack of knowledge and failure to acknowledge these basic facts among the children stepping out to protest is what scares me the most, and it should scare you too.

It is this ignorance, due to no fault of their own besides the failure of our education system to expose them to the ideas they need to understand the world, that makes them the perfect political pawns for activists and their agendas.

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Popular Front 15/03/2019, 6:36 am

    Sensible young woman. She should go far and I truly hope she – and others like her – do so. It proves that not every student takes the pseudo-marxist teachings of today at face value. We must teach our children to THINK.

  • Lorraine 15/03/2019, 7:10 am

    Joanne Tran, I am comforted that there are students that understand the need for Coal, no doubt she has educated herself on the benefits of our commodities .
    The Schools having, by passed how we are, as we are , and it seems teachers are more activists than real teachers. Parents must demand the students stay at school. Just one student that gets hurt and sues the Government, the Education Dept. and School strike for climate, for a failure in “Duty of Care” may save all from stupidity

  • Bushkid 15/03/2019, 7:38 am

    Smart girl! Now the rest of these misled children need to stop marching and start thinking too.

    Oh, and the teachers and other vile adults encouraging the children in this idiocy of marching and protesting to destroy their own futures (I mean how really stupid is that?) need to be sacked and branded with “never to be allowed near children again.” The adults pushing this are the evil ones here. The children are mere pawns.

    • luk1955 16/03/2019, 8:34 am

      And to think millions of Vics voted this Andrews insane idiot back into office. The people have truly lost their senses.

  • TommyGun 15/03/2019, 7:47 am

    Great to read.
    Pity students like her are about as rare as rocking-horse sh*t!

  • Trev 15/03/2019, 8:18 am

    In the days when my children look to me for help, my youngest daughter came home on one occasion and asked me to save the koalas. She was actually in tears at the plight of the koalas.
    On another occasion the same daughter came home and asked me to save the Australian flag!
    While I applauded the idea of saving the flag I was disenchanted once again by the number of times that these school teachers cannot keep their bloody politics out of the job. I must admit that when I checked the teacher was not issuing a grim warning to get young activists but simply recounting the details of the history of Australian flag and how it came to be what it is and he made an otherwise innocuous remark that it may change in future as there was a lot of comment in the papers that the children might hear about. Daughter had absorbed everything and simply wanted things to stay as they are.
    I still fume at the bloody teachers.

    • Austin Ayforti 15/03/2019, 9:43 am

      I think Trev that for way too long now the job title Teacher has been misleading. Leaving aside the woeful standards of many current “teachers” in numeracy, spelling, grammar, history and common sense, they really should be renamed Indoctrinator.

  • Aktosplatz 15/03/2019, 9:05 am

    Joanne is to be congratulated for her display of plain common sense. As we can see, she realised there was another side of the picture, brought about by her own research. I hope there are many more like her.

  • Penguinite 15/03/2019, 9:26 am

    We must also congratulate Joanne Tran’s parents for doing such a fantastic job of supporting her. No doubt she will be bullied by “progressives” for exposing their modus operandi! Her surname indicates a possible Asian connection which should also be acknowledged! Hope she survives and becomes a Leader!

    • Maryanne 15/03/2019, 2:32 pm

      Yes, she is Asian and her parents should be very proud of her.

  • crankykoala 15/03/2019, 9:28 am

    Let us hope we hear more from Joanne and those other students that think like her. Meanwhile I liken these protesting children (some I believe all of 8 years of age) to “rent a mob” manipulated and moulded by greenie/lefty parents, teachers, academics, politicians etc. Reminds me a little of Kath &Kim — “look at moi” “look at moi”.

  • J.K. 15/03/2019, 10:07 am

    Logic analysis and critical thinking is very rare these days, she obviously didn’t get that from her school, she must have thinking parents, at least that’s one child not lost to the education system. She will go far in life.

  • Albert 15/03/2019, 10:20 am

    Joanne’s writing is certainly a breath good old fashioned common sense and an understanding of the dangerously corrosive nature of today’s leftist education system that is well beyond the capabilities of the majority of students of her age to grasp.
    Paedophiles are hunted down and jailed while today’s education system and the teachers it allows, even encourages, to contaminate young minds do far more damage to the children they have snared in the poisonous web.

  • Aktosplatz 15/03/2019, 2:59 pm

    I would bet that those kids that join the protest are not doing too well in class, anyway, whereas the hardworking achievers stay at school.

  • Hester 17/03/2019, 2:30 pm

    Hello, fellow economics student here.

    No one is denying that coal has contributed to our past economic success. That does not mean it doesn’t wreck the climate, that it isn’t a dying industry, or that we should not start transitioning away from it.

    Economics is not a sentimental subject.

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