Education

07 Mar 2017 Retreat in Alberta?

Alberta Education Minister, David Eggen There was a new development in the Alberta Education sector last week. Education Minister David Eggen appears to be backing away from plans to insist that all schools - including independent and Christian schools - will have to live by Bill 10 and the province’s policies on transgenderism in the classroom. He told the National Post  that an inquiry into two Edmonton area schools which are refusing to follow the policy has unearthed unexpected legal implications and the situation is “more complicated” than they had originally foreseen. ARPA Education...

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07 Mar 2017 TWU Headed to Supreme Court

The Trinity Western Law School case is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Late last month, the Court granted leave to appeal two cases; a BC Court of Appeal ruling which came down in favour of the school, and an Ontario ruling that went the opposite way. There’s already a precedent of sorts on this. The Supreme Court ruled 16 years ago that that the BC Teacher’s College would have to accredit graduates from Trinity’s education program as teachers in that province. ARPA lawyer John Sikkema says it’s not surprising that the Supreme...

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22 Feb 2017 Letter to the Editor Contest

Check out some of the contest submissions here. East jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $('#arpa-prog-1-thermometer').thermometer({ width: 535, height: 250, pathToSVG: 'https://arpacanada.ca/wp-content/plugins/arpa-general/js/jquery.thermometer/svg/thermo-bottom.svg', outlineColour: '#4e8ea5', liquidColour: '#e6a64e', textColour: '#4e8ea5', valueTextColour: '#ffffff', maxValue: 50, topText: 50, unitsText: 'letters', bottomText: '', onLoad: function() { var setValueIfInView = function() { if ($('#arpa-prog-1-thermometer').offset().top > $(document).scrollTop() + $(window).innerHeight() - 100) { return false; } $(window).off('scroll', setValueIfInView); setTimeout(function() { $('#arpa-prog-1-thermometer').thermometer('setValue', 8); }, 500); return true; } if (!setValueIfInView()) { $(window).scroll(setValueIfInView); } } }); }); West jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $('#arpa-prog-2-thermometer').thermometer({ width: 535, height: 250, pathToSVG: 'https://arpacanada.ca/wp-content/plugins/arpa-general/js/jquery.thermometer/svg/thermo-bottom.svg', outlineColour: '#4e8ea5', liquidColour: '#e6a64e', textColour: '#4e8ea5', valueTextColour: '#ffffff', maxValue: 50, topText: 50, unitsText: 'letters', bottomText: '', onLoad: function() { var setValueIfInView = function() { if ($('#arpa-prog-2-thermometer').offset().top > $(document).scrollTop() + $(window).innerHeight() - 100) { return false; } $(window).off('scroll', setValueIfInView); setTimeout(function() { $('#arpa-prog-2-thermometer').thermometer('setValue', 38); }, 500); return true; } if (!setValueIfInView()) { $(window).scroll(setValueIfInView); } } }); }); ...

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21 Feb 2017 Tax Breaks for Independent Schools

Conservative Leadership candidate Andrew Scheer One of the candidates for the leadership of the federal Conservative Party is proposing tax breaks for families who educate their children outside of the public school system. Andrew Scheer unveiled a policy position last week, promising tuition tax credits of up to four thousand dollars per child for families who have children in independent schools, and one thousand dollars per child for home-schooling families. Scheer says this is a logical extension of existing federal policy which provides some tax relief to parents who pay post-secondary...

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30 Sep 2016 Alberta’s sex-ed curriculum and “the human face of ‘no’”

Written by: David MacKenzie When Pastor Brian Coldwell, of the New Testament Baptist Church of Spruce Grove, Alberta, says “No”, he means it.  And I admire him for it. “Yes-men” don’t get it. Indeed, political sycophants find such resolve offensive. But the difference between them and Brian Coldwell, is that the latter actually appreciates concrete principle— especially Biblical principle— more than the shifting sands of political pragmatism. Brian knows there’s little to be gained, outside of eternity, for standing on Biblical principles. He’s aware that, at any point, things could go very badly for both him and the Christian schools with which his congregation is associated.
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27 Sep 2016 We Care – Comments from Queen’s Park Sept. 21 rally

The following are comments that were delivered by ARPA's grassroots manager, Colin Postma, at a recent rally held outside Queen's Park in Toronto, to oppose the sex-ed component of the province of Ontario's new health curriculum. Friends, we are here today because we care. Yet, the narrative I hear in the news is that we have a kind of head-in-the-sand attitude that ignores the fact that our teens are teeming with hormones that make them feel older than they really are. If that’s what they think, our politicians and the media aren’t actually listening to us. They think they know what we’re upset about - they think we are trying to ensure that our kids won’t hear about sex at all until they’re 20. That’s not our message.
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