Warehouse Stationery encourage kids to wag school

A local business is encouraging children to miss school on March 15th, and go to the rally on climate change. Warehouse Stationery has offered to fund the placards and pens to enable the kids to make their point about saving the planet.

Absolutely disgraceful. Mike Hosking comments: quote.

Has Warehouse Stationery crossed a line? They have launched a campaign to promote the value, or power, of print in an increasingly digital world. 

On Sunday you can take your design, dawdle, or picture, and have it printed on high-quality paper. And you can do this with their encouragement if you’re one of those who are walking out of school to protest lack of action on climate change.

And they say, and I quote, “As the first large company in New Zealand to go carbon neutral, we’re inspired by the Schools 4 Climate Action next Friday, and we’d love it if students took advantage of our free printing service.” 

Now is it the role of business to promote protests? To encourage kids to bunk school when it’s a legal requirement to actually not bunk school? 

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Mike is right. No one should be overtly encouraging children to wag school. Truancy is unacceptable, and that is what this is. Don’t fall for this garbage about kids wanting to save the planet; these protests will make no difference whatsoever. This is just a great way to get a day off class. quote.

Or is this yet another virtue signalling sop, that allows Warehouse Stationery to position themselves at the forefront of one of our current PC fascinations, namely climate change? Or are they encouraging just general protest? 

Will they be supplying free printing to the doctors, nurses, and bus drivers next time they’re on strike? And if not, why not? Is their cause not quite as earnest? 

Has the company thought through the implications of encouraging kids to a protest, and protest movement,  against the will of the parents of those kids who will unquestionably go “what’s your problem mum? Even The Warehouse are into it.”

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So those parents who are actively against children missing school (and there will be a lot of them) now have the moral authority of Warehouse Stationery to deal with. quote.

Make the protest on a Saturday, or at 5pm and just see how many turn up then.

And in that reality is the futility of all this, even if there was a teaching moment, which there isn’t, the teaching moment would have been about dedication to a cause, about passion, belief, and trying to create change through protest. 

All that we get out of this is time off school, and a corporate looking to leverage that to make them look cool with the kids.  end quote.

Shame on Warehouse Stationery. They may think this is a great way to promote their stationery supplies, but many parents will not be happy with them over this.. and it is the parents who pay the stationery bills after all. quote.

And that’s before you get to the value of protest itself. Like so much of life, the days of placards, marches, and dumb chants are largely over. And the parts that aren’t over aren’t effective. It’s a digital age, it’s clickbait news, and standing in front of something arms linked singing “we shall overcome” belongs to another decade. 

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Tell you what. If these kids all bike or walk to their protests, and ditch the smartphones and plastic water bottles (or worse, soft drink bottles), I will believe they really want to do something about saving the planet. But as they text and video each other at their protest, it will prove that the whole thing is just empty words… and that, when it comes down to it, saving the planet comes second to the comforts of modern living, and that the protest is about someone else doing something to make the problem go away.

Either way, Mike is right. Kids are just having a day off school, and Warehouse Stationery should be ashamed of themselves.