Independent Education Tag

04 Dec 2013 Loyola update – Motion filed with the Supreme Court

On Friday, November 29th, ARPA Canada, on behalf of the Association of Christian Educators and Schools (ACES Canada), filed our Notice of Motion in the Loyola School appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. As you may recall, Loyola School is appealing to the Supreme Court because the Ministry of Education in Québec has refused to allow it to teach a mandatory curriculum on religion and ethics from its own religious perspective. Instead, all schools (even independent Christian schools) must teach this religion course from a secular or “neutral” perspective.
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16 Jul 2013 Three modes of education: Christian parents’ perspectives on them all

Education is a pretty big issue in Canada today, and is certainly an issue of concern for ARPA and our supporters. It will be the feature topic of our 2013 tour and the subject of ongoing engagement with various provincial governments and with the Supreme Court of Canada itself! But sometimes, it's helpful to take one step back and consider education outside of the legal/political cacophony and consider it from a Biblical principles perspective. We've got something that might lend perspective in that regard.  Over on the Gospel Coalition Blog,...

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12 Jul 2013 Education: Headwinds and Tailwinds

On June 8, 2013 ARPA Niagara hosted a dinner with three speeches focusing on the issue of education in Ontario. Mr. Ted Postma, a member of the Grace Free Reformed Church, is the principal of Calvin Christian School in Hamilton and is also a school quality evaluator for the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools. He spoke about the development of independent religious schools in Ontario, how the Ontario Education Act defines schools and the political/legal benefits and challenges posed on independent schools. We are very thankful that Ted has given...

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13 Jun 2013 Christian school case going to the Supreme Court!

Loyola Christian School is going to the Supreme Court of Canada! After a shocking decision from the Quebec Court of Appeal, Loyola applied to the Supreme Court for a hearing. The Court of Appeal had ruled in December 2012 that it is reasonable for a government to require a Christian school to set aside its Christian worldview for an hour a day in order to teach about other religions. This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada allowed Loyola's application for an appeal and so the process will begin to prepare for the appeal. ARPA Canada and the Reformed Christian community are very interested in the outcome of this case - Reformed denominations, as a rule, run their own independent schools and the Quebec Court of Appeal decision would pose an incredible infringment on how we "raise up our children in the way they should go." For some background on the case and what it means for Reformed Christians, click read more.
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29 Jan 2013 Christian Schools and Disconcerting Legal Developments

“Legalization” of Education - Part 1: Christian Schools and Disconcerting Legal Developments By Ted Postma, Principal of Calvin Christian School in Hamilton, ON and member of the Free Reformed Church Ethics and Public Relations Committee. (First published in the FRC Messenger, Jan 2013) Introduction The Christian school landscape has seen an abundance of far reaching changes during the past decade. Some of the changes were welcomed and some remain quite undesirable. At one time, the call, “let schools be schools,” was a reaction to matters pertaining to a school’s pedagogy or philosophy of education. This same call has now become a reaction to a plethora of legislation and court decisions. We are living in an era which fosters the “legalization” of education. There is an intimidating body of law that deals with students, parents and teachers. Certain regulations are touching and stirring Christian school officials and parents. To ignore or cherry- pick various regulations is risky. Christian school personnel need to exercise a considerable measure of awareness and careful compliance in response to changes ushered in by applicable legislation and judicial decisions. Since I reside in the province of Ontario, my comments will mainly relate to the Ontario scene.[i]
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12 Oct 2012 Catholic schools can’t teach abortion is wrong – that’s ‘misogyny’

TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) By Patrick B. Craine– In what pro-life leaders are calling a stunning and unprecedented attack on religious freedom, Ontario’s Education Minister has apparently declared that Catholic schools can no longer teach that abortion is wrong. Laurel Broten, who serves under Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty, said Wednesday that Catholic schools are barred from teaching this core moral belief because Bill 13, the government’s controversial “anti-bullying” law, prohibits “misogyny. “Taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be considered one of the most misogynistic actions that...

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17 Feb 2012 Supreme Court Rules On Parental Rights

17 Feb 2012 - The Supreme Court of Canada released a judgment this morning ruling unanimously that parents cannot remove their children from public school classes unless they can objectively prove that the class violates their freedom of religion. In reaching that decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a mandatory course, taught through grades 1 to 11 and which compares the Christian religion to believing in Thor or Hercules and has assignments that include, “make your own religion”, did not objectively infringe on the freedom of religion of the parents....

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07 Dec 2011 It takes a family

Brantford Expositor, Dec 1 2011: I want to thank Dave Levac for highlighting "Strong Start", a private endeavour made possible by generous donors and volunteers, among them a retired principal. In these days when provincial government has too strong a hand in the education of our children, it is tremendously encouraging to see the efforts of caring individuals making up for our deficient public education system. At the end of the article, Mr. Levac draws the conclusion that this is a perfect example of the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child"; it doesn't prove that it "takes" a village, it just proves that the village can do it to some extent when a family won't. It takes a family to raise a child, not a village.
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04 Nov 2011 Another Youth Entry: Funding shortchanges private Christian schools

Guelph Tribune Re: Doug Hallett’s article about new plans for public schools in Guelph (Tribune, Sept. 29), I’d like to bring to light the following issue. Christian schools in our community receive no government funding, and yet tens of millions of dollars are going into expanding the kindergarten program to full-time locally. The board’s proposing to build a second public school on Grange Road to aid Ken Danby school with their population size. Danby is less than a kilometre down the road from the proposed site. Need I mention that Holy Trinity Catholic School is situated right beside Ken Danby and is also funded by the government?
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21 Jun 2011 Are Anti-Discrimination Policies Bullying Christian Schools and Families?

From EFC's Activate CFPL, June 20, 2011: Across the country, school boards are jumping on the bandwagon to implement equity and sexual orientation policies. Many of the objectives of these policies are laudable. Children should not be bullied, ridiculed, attacked or intimidated under any circumstance, or for any reason, and school boards are right to address it when it occurs.  But what happens when the policies themselves become the bullies?
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