Education

17 Dec 2008 Barbara Kay on Quebec’s New Education Curriculum

Barbara Kay, National Post: "Quebec's creepy new curriculum" (December 17, 2008)"The curriculum is strewn with politically correct material that openly subverts Judeo-Christian values. In many of the manuals, ideology and religion are conflated. Social engineering is revealed as the heart of the ECR program; in the most recently published activity book, for example, Christianity is given 12 pages, feminism gets 27 pages." Read the full article at the NP website here. ...

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18 Nov 2008 Action Item: Why the Corren Agreement Matters to All Canadians

Update: Check out www.takebackourschools.org for the latest information on this issue. ARPA Canada readers have been continually updated about the Corren Agreement - a secret deal made between an activist couple and the BC government that has resulted in unprecedented changes in the public school system. But many people don't seem to think this matters much, as long as it applies to the public school system and only in BC. ARPA Canada's director Mark Penninga has written an article on the Corren Agreement for an upcoming issue of Reformed Persepctive magazine. Here is a sneak peak of that article. It reveals the extent of the Corren Agreement, why it should matter to all Canadians, and provides some action suggestions. .
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14 Nov 2008 BC’s New Homosexual Curriculum Blasted by Civil Rights League Director

By Jonquil Frankham VANCOUVER, November 11, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – BC’s new aggressively pro-homosexual, heavily left-leaning curriculum hasn’t got its facts straight, says Catholic Civil Rights League director Sean Murphy in an in-depth analysis of the curriculum. And this, indicates Murphy, is only the beginning of the problems with the curriculum.
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10 Nov 2008 Presentation to Take Back Our Schools Seminar

On Saturday, November 8th, a small group gathered in Surrey, BC for a "Take Back Our Schools" seminar hosted by BC Parents and Teachers for Life. Speakers highlighted both the extent of the Corren Agreement and how we can respond. It is important that ARPA Canada readers from BC realize that a common sentiment expressed at the conference was that independent schools will likely be challenged to abide by the Corren Agreement, despite empty assurances from the BC education minister. One of the speakers recounted a visit he had with the Attourney General who told him that independent schools will be exempt.... "for now."The director of ARPA Canada gave a presentation about parental responsibilities in regards to education. The text of the speech follows:
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17 Oct 2008 Abbotsford board faces human rights complaint over dropped course

ARPA Note: Read some of the comments posted online below the CBC article (follow the link below) to get a wake-up call to the shameful reality of our secular country. Logic and reason mean little because our society is so blinded by its own folly - we need to pray.  From CBC.ca: The Abbotsford School Board could find itself before a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal if it continues to refuse to offer the high school elective course Social Justice 12. Murray and Peter Corren filed a human rights complaint...

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01 Oct 2008 British Columbians Unite to Take Back Our Schools

For Immediate Release – October 1, 2008 SURREY, BC – A newly-formed working group of organizations and parents has launched a new initiative – www.TakeBackOurSchools.org – in response to the hijacking of BC's education system. A recent example is a legal agreement between the BC government and a homosexual activist couple which has resulted in unprecedented changes to the curriculum and slamming the door on parents' rights to make alternative arrangements for the teaching of sensitive topics in courses where their children are taught.
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22 Sep 2008 Gay-friendly course halted by Abbotsford school board

Catherine Rolfsen, Vancouver Sun - Sunday, September 21, 2008Abbotsford high schools have been prevented from teaching the controversial new Social Justice 12 course because the local school board wants to review its content. The elective course, which deals with issues ranging from homophobia to animal rights, has caused controversy amongst religious groups that worry it's too malleable to the individual beliefs of teachers. Keep reading this story here. ...

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09 Sep 2008 New Resource! ARPA Canada Lesson Plans for Christian Schools and Homeschooling Families

With the help of a school teacher, ARPA Canada has prepared a number of lesson plans that aim to introduce important political issues to high school students. The lesson plans are meant to fit into a variety of classes, including Social Studies, Worldview Studies, Bible, and Religion. We recognize that being proactive includes reaching out to the next generation so that they are well equipped to apply their Reformed faith to the issues that our nation faces. This can be a difficult job for...

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27 Aug 2008 ARPA Canada Lesson Plans

ARPA Canada, in cooperation with a teacher from a Reformed school in Canada, have prepared some lessons for teachers and parents to incorporate into their classes or use at home. We recognize that our children are growing up in a world that is increasingly opposed to applying our Christian worldview to public life. We want to make it easier for teachers to introduce students to some key political issues from a Biblical perspective. These lesson plans are our first step to making this happen. All of our lesson plans can...

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27 Aug 2008 Fighting the “Disease of Apathy”

Update> Read the National Post story on the Corren Agreement "When Jill wants to be Jack" here. Parents, Teachers, and Leaders Meet to Respond to the Corren AgreementOn a dark and gloomy August evening, a group of concerned citizens met together in Surrey, BC to discuss what could be done now that the BC government's agreement with a homosexual activist couple to change the education curriculum is considered binding. Although serious, the atmosphere in the room was far from dark and gloomy. After talks from Len Remple (Parents for Democracy in Education Society, which organized the meeting), Ron Gray (leader of the CHP), Bill Vanderzalm (former Premier of BC), Dan O'Hara (State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus for BC and the Yukon), and Ted Hewlett (BC Parents and Teachers for Life), the audience took part in a lively discussion about where to go from here. The consensus was unanimous: action is needed and we all have a role to play. The Corren Agreement was made in April of 2006 in response to a complaint that two activists brought to the BC human rights tribunal. They demanded that more content be put in the curriculum that was favourable towards homosexuals and other forms of "gender diversity." Instead of allowing the tribunal to decide the case, the BC government made a secret deal with this couple, without any consultation with parents or the public, that gave them unprecedented access to change BC's education curriculum, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Parts of the agreement are already in effect and other parts will soon be.
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