Dr Rachel Forgasz is a teacher educator at Monash University.

All of her teaching and research focuses on developing teaching approaches that encourage personally meaningful learning.

In her view, there is a strong educational case to be made for schools giving students an opportunity to consider whether they want to join the strike.

"Through their decision-making, students will learn and apply key elements of the 'General Capabilities' section of the Australian Curriculum in an authentic, real-world context."

"For example, students will exercise 'Critical and Creative Thinking' about striking as a potential solution to government inaction on climate.

"They will also develop 'Ethical Understanding' about their individual rights, and about the collective responsibilities of adults," Forgasz  says.

"They may also have the opportunity to build their 'Personal and Social' capabilities by examining societal constructs, resolving conflict, and leading, collaborating, and communicating."

Professor Tonia Gray is an expert in outdoor education at Western Sydney University.

She says that student-directed actions like the strike on Friday allow students to take a more active role in their own learning.

"The climate strike movement on Friday is an example of student-directed activism and agency. 

"Student agency refers to learning through experiential activities that are meaningful, relevant and purposeful to learners. In essence, students define their own learning trajectory."

"Driven by personal interests and skills, this unbridled pedagogical method gives individual ownership to the learning experiences encounters," Gray says.

"My research over the past thirty years has highlighted the importance of student voice and agency in the sustainability message. Student agency empowers students to have a self-initiated voice and choice in the pace and rhythm of learning which is guided by appropriate facilitation from teachers."

"In turn, student motivation and engagement is promoted when teachers incorporate problem-based learning and student agency in their classrooms."

"An example of student agency is the Swedish born Greta Thunberg, who has recognised the gravity and urgency of climate action.

"Propelled by the lack of effort to prevent global warming, she began the movement with her Friday School Strike initiative."

Thunberg presented her perspective succinctly late last year

"Some say I should be in school," she said.

"But why should any young person be made to study for a future when no one is doing enough to save that future?"

Professor Gray said she was impressed with Greta's eloquence in communicating her concerns.

"Although a self-confessed introvert, Greta has mobilised hundreds of thousands of children to make their voices heard."

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