Independent Education Tag

13 Jul 2010 God’s place in Charter challenged

Charles Lewis, National Post, July 8 2010: When a judge last month ruled that a Catholic high school in Montreal could choose its own religious curriculum, in defiance of an order by the Quebec government, he wrote that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms specifically referred to “the supremacy of God” in its preamble. Now, in the ruling’s aftermath, some are wondering whether that language is out of place in a society that has grown increasingly secular. [Read more]...

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30 Jun 2010 Equity Training for Ontario Catholic Boards: Homosexuality ‘Normal’, ‘Natural’

By Patrick B. Craine TORONTO, Ontario, June 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The majority of Ontario’s Catholic education establishment has backed the Ontario Ministry of Education’s equity and inclusive education strategy, even where it mandates “equity” based on sexual orientation, on the basis that the Catholic Church has always emphasized equity and inclusivity.
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22 Jun 2010 Judge: Quebec Gvmt ‘Totalitarian’ in Imposing Relativism Course

By Patrick B. Craine MONTREAL, Quebec, June 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Quebec Ministry of Education’s decision to impose their course in moral and religious relativism on Montreal’s Loyola High School assumed “a totalitarian character essentially equivalent to Galileo's being ordered by the Inquisition to deny the Copernican universe," said the Quebec Superior Court in a strongly-worded ruling released Friday.
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19 May 2010 Must Read: Short-changing private schools to pay for preschoolers?

By Andrea Mrozek, Today's Family News, May 17, 2010: In late April the British Columbia School Trustees Association, a group that oversees public school boards in the province, agreed to recommend to the Ministry of Education that public funding for independent schools be dropped and diverted back into the public system, putting school choice at odds with tight budgets.
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11 May 2010 ONTARIO FAMILIES AND SCHOOL CHOICE

For immediate release: New study highlights how public school enrolment is declining, while independent school enrolment is rising; funding fails to reflect parental choices May 6, 2010 (Ottawa) – A new study released today by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada reveals that in spite of demographic decline, enrolment in Ontario’s independent schools is on the rise as public school enrolment declines. Public school funding, however, continues to rise in a manner that is completely unresponsive to student numbers. “Parental choices in education are not reflected in our current school funding system,” says study author Derek Miedema. “Even in face of demographic decline, independent school enrolment continues to increase. Parents shoulder the burden of this cost across Ontario today.”
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05 Mar 2010 Lifesitenews.com: Australia Bans Christian Schools from Teaching Creationism

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski, ADELAIDE, South Australia, March 4, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The South Australian Non-Government Schools Registration Board has published a new education policy that states it requires the ''teaching of science as an empirical discipline, focusing on inquiry, hypothesis, investigation, experimentation, observation and evidential analysis.'' It then goes on to state that it "does not accept as satisfactory a science curriculum in a non-government school which is based on, espouses or reflects the literal interpretation of a religious text in its treatment of either creationism or intelligent design.''
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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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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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