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Should schools allow kids to skip class for climate change?

Should schools allow kids to skip class for climate change? iStock.com/rrodrickbeiler

Today, thousands of Montreal youth will hit the streets to protest what they see as our governments’ inaction on climate change. This protest is one of many recent Friday afternoon marches that have seen children and teenagers around the world skipping school to protest climate change. Should schools allow this? The question is dividing Montreal’s school boards at the moment.

Some schools are adopting a hard line, saying students will need explicit permission from their parents to attend these marches. Other schools have been more lenient, cancelling classes in anticipation of a very low attendance rate. In some cases, students formed picket lines to force classes to be cancelled.

Meanwhile, over 100 000 university students, as well as some high school students, have voted to strike this afternoon for the climate walk.

Inspired by Swedish student Greta Thunberg, kids around the world are doing this to pressure their governments into taking decisive action against climate change. Time will tell if the adults will back them… But meanwhile, should schools allow these protests to happen during class hours?

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