Print Column: Who Cares What Children Think About Complex Policy Questions?


MINOT, N.D. — Hey, kids.

Recently a bunch of you chose to participate in a national walkout campaign inspired by Greta Thunberg, a dead-eyed Swede who arrived on our shores in a rowboat or something to show how dedicated she is to her apocalyptic faith.

It wouldn’t do to have this green-tinged, modern-day Savonarola land here in something as gauche as a jet, after all.

I’m worried she’s just a step or two away from going around flagellating herself like the religious zealots of old.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

Let’s talk about you, instead.

I know why you did it.

Some of you were sincere, to the extent you understood what you were doing. You wanted to feel grownup and essential.

Others just wanted out of class.

Once upon a time, if I had an opportunity to get out of Mrs. Joyal’s AP English class, I’d have seized on it too.

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