United Kingdom

Stuart Dimmock v. Secretary of State for Education and Skills (Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court, 2007)

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom


Side A: Stuart Dimmock (Individual)


Side B: Secretary of State for Education and Skills (Government)


Core objectives: Challenge to government decision to show film on global warming in schools


Summary
A United Kingdom Court upheld Secretary of State's decision to distribute Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth" to English state schools as a teaching aid. Claimant parent challenged the government's decision to distribute the film on global warming as amounting to the promotion of partisan political views in violation of the Education Act of 1996. The court found the film substantially founded upon scientific evidence and determined that it could be shown, as long as teachers provided guidance explaining that, (1) some matters contained in the film were not supported or promoted by the government, and (2) the errors contained in the film.
Case documents

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