This is being highlighted in a petition organised by the NZ Centre for Political Research who are calling for safeguards to be written into law to protect our children from political indoctrination in schools.
There are no safeguards in the New Zealand Education Act to protect children from political indoctrination such as the rampant Treaty propaganda that masquerades as the truth, and radical environmentalism, that teaches youngsters that humans are killing the planet and causing runaway global warming. In Britain such safeguards exist and they require that teachers give children a balanced view on political issues:
· Clause 406 of the British Education Act forbids “the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school”, and
· Clause 407 requires, that if political matters are raised, children “are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views”.
Our petition to the House of Representatives requests that similar safeguards to those that exist in the British Education Act are introduced into the New Zealand Education Act 1989. The petition reads:
“As concerned citizens we call on the Government to protect school children from political indoctrination by inserting into the Education Act 1989, provisions similar to those in the British Education Act: clause 406 forbids ‘the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school’ and clause 407 requires that if political matters are raised, children ‘are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views’.”
Indoctrination of children with any political or religious philosophy undermines the role of education. Mature children become adults when they have been encouraged to use their own judgement after being presented with balanced arguments. Otherwise they remain in a state of perpetual childhood, where they are prey to any irrational influence that comes along. A nation of perpetual children leads to a ‘Lord of the Flies’ society. Is this the future we really want for New Zealand? If not, please sign the petition.