Fairfax regional: Climate change is bad for schoolkids, too



Over the next few weeks, school and university students will be sitting their end of year exams. Often an anxious occasion, the latest research shows these end of year assessments will likely prove to be challenging for one reason more than most – the heat, writes Dr Beau Frigault.

A study by several prestigious universities in the US examined test scores of millions of students all sitting the same standardised test. Those who were exposed to high temperatures for longer periods of time were shown to perform much poorer on the exam.

This builds on what has already been scientifically proven and what teachers have known for years – hotter classrooms result in poorer knowledge retention and decreased results in assessments. 

Dr Beau Frigault is the Queensland Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia

First published in Fairfax Regional news on 31 October 2018 and published in approximately 70 mastheads.

Read the full article in the First West Star

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