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Look what those good ol’ boyz are up to in Alberta!

Alberta parents will soon be able to cherry-pick what their kids can and cannot be taught in the province’s schools.

Think that gays and lesbians are hell-bound monstrosities sent to earth by Satan?

No worries!  You can pull your kid out of the class that teaches about sexual orientation (and I guess tolerance and human rights might be taught in these classes too!)

Think that humans were created by a big bearded guy who lives in the sky?

Piece of cake! That Grade 9 biology class where they teach that pesky little “theory” called evolution is NO place for little Johnny!

School boards will have to give parents written advance notice any time classes deal “primarily or explicitly” with religion, human sexuality and sexual orientation, or risk facing a human rights complaint as punishment..

This is obviously a move designed to keep the christian wackos happy and the back wood rednecks from reachin’ for their guns.

I have no problem at all with parents choosing how they want little Johnny or Jane taught. That’s what private schools are for.  But if you want to suck at the teat of publicly-funded education, then accept the curriculum as designed by the educators!

Next thing you know, they’ll have separate but publicly-funded school baords and schools based on religion or language!

Wait a minute, that’s Ontario!



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  1. Ken says:

    While agree with both of you, I don't see where it says anything about evolution. The legislation says kids have to be warned when religion is being taught:
    Alberta legislators passed legislation early Tuesday that will give parents the option of pulling their children out of class when lessons on sex, religion or sexual orientation are being taught.

    I suppose the flip-side is that if evolution is being taught, then the parents have to be warned as well, but I find it interesting that religion is specifically mentioned, and yet you're suggesting that it's the opposite.

    I must be missing something if this is what you got out of this:This is obviously a move designed to keep the christian wackos happy and the back wood rednecks from reachin’ for their guns.

  2. If I was king of Ontario for a day, two things that would go: The exemption for seniors on school taxes (you silly old farts are going to be supported by the kids whose schools you aren't funding, wankers), and the separate school board.

    Actually, I'd likely do away with what is now the public board, rename the separate board to Public, and fire all the religious people in it. It seems, in my opinion, that the separate board runs better schools and delivers a better education. That's an unscientific opinion, but it does seem that way, at least if you take out the magical sky-fairy stuff.

  3. All that is going to do is cripple these kids in the future. Imagine, if you will, little Johnny who has religious fundamentalist douchebag parents. He gets pulled out of all the biology classes that deal with evolution. As well, if he's like so many of that breed of religious nut, he'll also be pulled out of science classes that deal with stellar evolution, computer classes that deal with evolution in genetic algorithms, etc.

    So he graduates, because he's otherwise a sharp kid who did well in science. He shows up at university in the BSc program…

    … and promptly fails because he doesn't know shit – his parents prevented him from learning some of the fundamentals of science because those fundamentals don't agree with their bizarre mythological leanings.

    As a young adult just starting out in the world, that's got to be a kick in the arse. Of course, there's a high likelihood his parents will want him to go to some bastion of academia like Brigham Young University in the USA, where significant gaps in science education would hardly be noticed.

    Here's my conservative spin on education: Public education is of CLEAR AND UNDENIABLE benefit to society as a whole. If parents don't agree with what is taught in public education, they should be free to send their children to a private school AT THEIR EXPENSE WITHOUT GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE (i.e. no tax breaks). However, for their children to gain a recognized diploma, their cirriculum must pass the credit standards of the public cirriculum.

    So… if some parents have some fantastical beliefs about bloodthirsty, infanticidal sky-fairies, that's their business. If they want their kids to learn other stuff than is taught in schools that's their business. But the rest of us don't pay for it, and if they want the education recognized as such, it still has to pass the public standards.

    That's what I say.

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