Education

13 Nov 2009 Video: Mandatory Relativism in Schools

In this video clip from the Canadian Constitution Foundation, Michael Coren interviews John Carpay about Quebec's mandatory "Ethics and Religious Culture" course for schools and homeschools. Keep in mind that this applies much broader than to Quebec. In BC a homosexual activist couple has been given permission (thanks to a human rights complaint) to make changes to the entire curriculum (K-12) and deny parents the ability to take their children out of classes that they find objectionable.
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30 Jun 2009 School fights to promote Jesuit values

Macleans.ca: Can a Catholic high school teach its students that all religions are equal? Paul Donovan, the principal of Montreal’s Loyola High School, says it can’t be done. So the boys-only Jesuit school is taking the province to court over its new ethics and religious culture program. The new course was introduced by the Ministry of Education to teach about various religious traditions in Quebec society, with the goal of increasing tolerance among students. It teaches about Protestantism and Catholicism, as well as Judaism, native spiritualities and other religions....

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01 May 2009 BC Corren Agreement

Taking Back Our Schools: The hijacking of the BC education system Update: Check out www.takebackourschools.org for the latest information on this issue. By Mark Penninga (First printed in Reformed Perspective, December 2008) It’s bizarre. Few other words describe the outrageous nature of a legal agreement made in 2006 between the BC provincial government and a homosexual activist couple that has resulted in profound changes to the entire education system. But as outlandish as it is, now is the time for independent schools and other provinces to take measures to stop the Corren Agreement from impacting them. And now is the time for all parents and citizens to take back our tax-funded schools.
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15 Apr 2009 True Tolerance

Focus on the Family USA has just released a website that aims to equip families to respond to the pro-gay agenda in schools. This is very much an issue in Canada as well. The site provides a wealth of information to make it easier for parents to make their voice heard. Check it out at www.truetolerance.org....

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07 Apr 2009 Multiple divorces increase dropout rate: study

Keith Gerein, Canwest News Service  Published: Monday, April 06, 2009Parents thinking about getting divorced, especially for the second or third time, should consider the impact of that decision on their children's schooling, new research from University of Alberta suggests. The groundbreaking study - believed to the first in Canada to look at the long-term impacts of family upheaval on educational...

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23 Mar 2009 Alberta Considers Making Parents’ Control over Education a “Human Right”

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski: EDMONTON, Alberta, March 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Alberta government will consider changes to its human rights law to give parents more control over what their children will be taught in school, according to a Calgary Sun report."Though there is some coverage of this issue under existing rules governing schools, the decision of parents would now be recognized as a fundamental human right," the report explained.
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09 Mar 2009 BCTF ‘Social Justice’ conference at UFV told teachers how to manipulate student attitudes

NEWS RELEASE, FEB. 25, 2009, Parents for Democracy in Education By Ron Gray Feb. 20 and 21, I attended the first “Social Justice conference” staged by the BC Teachers’ Federation at University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotford. It was an eye-opener!  Although the stated purpose of the conference was to show teachers how to approach the Social Justice 12 curriculum adopted under BC’s Corren Settlement Agreement, an underlying purpose was clearly revealed by a graphic of a staircase, distributed by the BCTF in its information packages: the goal is to move students’ attitude towards LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning) people beyond “tolerance” to “acceptance”—and then further along to “support,” “admiration,” “appreciation” and finally “celebration” of deviant sexuality.
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24 Feb 2009 Exceptional Crowd Takes in Langley Event

On Monday evening a crowd of 100-150 people came out to ARPA Canada's town-hall event in Langley, BC to learn more about political pressure on independent schools in the province. Excellent talks were delivered by Ted Hewlett (President, BC Parents and Teachers for Life), Ron Gray (former leader of the CHP and current vice-president of Parents for Democracy in Education), Harry Moes (Director, Federation of Independent School Associations), Neil Dykstra (Chair, Langley ARPA), and Mark Penninga (ARPA Canada). Those in attendance were impressed with the quality of the talks and the balanced perspectives that were brought forward.
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23 Feb 2009 The BC Government’s Plan for Early Learning – Not the Best Option

By Ruth Bredenhof, Bulkley Valley ARPAAlthough temporarily on hold, the BC Government has confirmed that they are committed to extending Early Learning to include full-day kindergarten for five-year-olds, as well as four-year-olds by 2010 and three-year-olds by 2012.1 The reasons given in the Government’s Consultation paper for expanding Early Learning include the following: to positively impact the children’s future success in the school system both academically and socially, for economic reasons as it will enable more parents to work, to provide parents with more options, and it will help BC to “keep up” with other countries around the world who have extensive Early Learning Education programs.2
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04 Feb 2009 Update: Chris Kempling’s Defence

In light of his leaving the public education system, the BC College of Teachers has dropped their most recent complaints against school teacher Chris Kempling. His case has been a difficult story of how living one's faith can lead to persecution, even in Canada. Kempling has been through years of hardship at the hands of the BCCT and finally had enough of the public school system. Now, in an effort to get the facts out to the public and expose the suppression of basic freedoms, Kempling has prepared this document and has given permission to ARPA Canada to post it on our website: 
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