Education

04 Dec 2018 On compromise and Christian school policies: A discussion

ARPA Canada has wrapped up its 2018 Fall Tour. During the last week, we wound through Alberta, where there is much consternation regarding actions by the Education Minister (Mr. Eggen) against independent Christian schools. You can read about the tension between the minister and these schools here. Some solid Christian parents, with deep concerns about protecting these schools and the children in them, raised some good questions that we all need to wrestle with. This article is an attempt to try do justice to the questions by providing in-depth answers. QUESTION...

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28 Nov 2018 BC: Ask your MLA to oppose Motion 33’s endorsement of SOGI 123

SOGI 123 which deals with how sexual orientation and gender identity are taught in British Columbia classrooms is couched as an anti-bullying initiative, but it is far more. It teaches a humanist understanding of sexuality as a subjective identity, divorced from biology, determined individually, and to be celebrated unconditionally. This in direct contradiction to a Christian understanding of sexuality, its God-given design, its corruption by sin, and its need for redemption through the Cross. Motion 33 says, “Be it resolved that this House supports SOGI 123 within our schools, to help...

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05 Oct 2018 God and Government Youth Conference 2019

Are you a student interested in Canadian Politics? Do you want to make a difference? Do we have an opportunity for you! We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting our second God and Government Youth conference from February 6 - 8, 2019 at our Ottawa office! Applications are open to any Grade 11 or 12 students attending a Reformed church in Canada. The deadline to apply is December 7, 2018. This conference will educate students on current political issues and equip them to get involved. Interested students are required to complete an online...

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03 Oct 2018 SOGI is not about bullying

School districts across British Columbia have been adopting an initiative called SOGI123. This policy on SOGI – an acronym for sexual orientation and gender identity – is couched as an anti-bullying initiative, but it is far more. It teaches a humanist understanding of sexuality, as a subjective identity, divorced from biology, determined individually, and to be celebrated unconditionally. This in direct contradiction to a Christian understanding of sexuality, its God-given design, its corruption by sin, and its need for redemption through the Cross. Since its introduction, SOGI has been a controversial topic....

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26 Sep 2018 Gideon Project Phase 2: Get on the horn!

The EasyMails were write on and we reached our goal of 2,500! Now it's time to call! We're launching phase two of the Gideon Project. We've got a sticky note for you with talking points and everything else you need to call the Honourable David Eggen. Your sticky note is right here! (See a version for non-parents here). So take that sticky note and call the Education Minister. Yes, pick up the phone and speak up for the right to send your child to a school that wishes to remain faithful to its...

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19 Sep 2018 What should be in a sex-ed curriculum?

We’re embarking on a new campaign to engage with the issue of sexual education in Ontario. Even if your kids attend private school or are homeschooled, this curriculum will affect your children’s friends and neighbours and will influence the next generation of Ontarians that we will be interacting with. With so much at stake, will you join us? In removing the previous sex-ed curriculum, the Ontario government has set itself right in the line of scrutiny over this issue. Join us in this discussion by encouraging the Progressive Conservative government to...

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29 Aug 2018 FAQs on Alberta’s Bill 24 saga

The recent passing of Bill 24 could have a serious impact on the operation, governance, accreditation, and funding of Christian schools. Consequently, the state of Christian education continues to be of serious concern in our circles. Parents want to be engaged and informed about what goes on at their schools. However, it appears the Alberta government wants to limit parental involvement especially in the area of sexuality and gender issues. Understandably this has caused some stress, if not confusion, about what this legislation really means for the future sustainability of...

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17 Jul 2018 Does the Ontario sex-ed decision matter to you?

What's this all about? The Ontario Government has announced their intention to repeal the Liberal's radical sex-ed curriculum. Use our re-imagined EasyMail to express your thoughts. For more information on what the Liberal's sex-ed curriculum was all about, and why it was concerning for many Ontario parents, read our post here. *Please note: At this point, our database of MPP information is not totally up to date, due to the recent election and the changing boundaries of most of the ridings in Ontario. You may encounter an error that requires you to input your...

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28 Jun 2018 Civil Disobedience and Courageous Leadership by Alberta Schools

by Mark Penninga Many of us are ready to disengage for the summer, leaving behind the stress of our regular lives. But before doing so, please take a moment to reflect on yesterday’s Alberta court ruling against the application for an injunction on Bill 24. This may sound like Greek, and largely irrelevant to you. But it isn’t. For starters, have a look just at page 1 of the decision. Look at the names of the schools listed in the court challenge. Do any of them look familiar to you? This may be the...

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28 Jun 2018 Trinity Western University Considering Next Steps

(Lighthouse News - June 28, 2018) Trinity Western University continues to evaluate this month's Supreme Court of Canada decision on its application to open a Law School. The court ruled that law Societies in BC and Ontario were justified in refusing to admit graduates of that proposed school to the bar in their respective provinces. The ruling said that TWU’s community covenant, under which students and staff pledge, among other things, to only engage in sexual activity inside the bounds of heterosexual marriage, was discriminatory against the LGBTQ community, and...

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