An Inconvenient Truth wins in court case
After the UK Government decided to give free copies of An Inconvenient Truth to schools around the country and use it as part of the education syllabus there have been a number of negative comments against it, and one man actually took the decision to the courts.
However the attempt to have the decision overturned was lost, and the film will be shown to children after all, as long as there is a balanced view given at the same time. Something that should be true of anything taught in schools in my opinion, religion included.
The court case was started by a part time school board member Stewart Brown, who the media are also keen to point out is a lorry driver for a living. He had stated that the film was “politically partisan” and “sentimental”, to which I would ask, has he ever seen anything about politics these days, and is he so naive to think that there's a single decision or announcement in politics that isn't?
According to Variety, at the beginning of the trial, he stated that he wished...
“...my children to have the best education possible, free from bias and political spin, and Mr Gore's film falls far short of the standard required.”
Well I think he'll find that the syllabus is full of many politically spun and one sided teaching, and in most cases for the right reasons, because of evidence, science and truth. Of course I'm not sure of the syllabus these days, but when I was at school that was definitely true.
I'm glad An Inconvenient Truth (Filmstalker review) is getting seen in schools, because the message I took away from the film was simple. Although there was a huge global problem, it was the individual who could make changes very easily, and changed that would result in a saving of money at the individual level, as well as a reduction in the production of gas output in our world today. What the hell's wrong with that?
Well done the UK courts, you made a good decision there, they happen so infrequently.