Education

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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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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