Family

16 Jun 2009 Full-day kindergarten comes into play

ARPA Note: Read a quality report on early childhood learning by clicking here. Caroline Alphonso, Dakshana Bascaramurty and Dawn Walton: Globe and Mail, Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2009: Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's self-proclaimed role as the education premier will be tested as he embarks on an integrated full-day kindergarten and childcare program with the province facing a mounting deficit and opposition from the country's largest teachers' union. Sweeping change that would put Ontario's four- and five-year-olds under the same roof all day is the most ambitious in the country and follows...

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01 May 2009 BC Corren Agreement

Taking Back Our Schools: The hijacking of the BC education system Update: Check out www.takebackourschools.org for the latest information on this issue. By Mark Penninga (First printed in Reformed Perspective, December 2008) It’s bizarre. Few other words describe the outrageous nature of a legal agreement made in 2006 between the BC provincial government and a homosexual activist couple that has resulted in profound changes to the entire education system. But as outlandish as it is, now is the time for independent schools and other provinces to take measures to stop the Corren Agreement from impacting them. And now is the time for all parents and citizens to take back our tax-funded schools.
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29 Apr 2009 Muslim Demographics

Watch this short movie to learn more about the advance of Islam in the West. And if you live in BC's Lower Mainland, register now for the upcoming ECP Ignite Conference featuring Sam Solomon, a former Islamic fundamentalist cleric who became a Christian. The conference is May 8 and 9 in Langley BC. Click here for details and to register. ...

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15 Apr 2009 True Tolerance

Focus on the Family USA has just released a website that aims to equip families to respond to the pro-gay agenda in schools. This is very much an issue in Canada as well. The site provides a wealth of information to make it easier for parents to make their voice heard. Check it out at www.truetolerance.org....

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09 Mar 2009 BCTF ‘Social Justice’ conference at UFV told teachers how to manipulate student attitudes

NEWS RELEASE, FEB. 25, 2009, Parents for Democracy in Education By Ron Gray Feb. 20 and 21, I attended the first “Social Justice conference” staged by the BC Teachers’ Federation at University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotford. It was an eye-opener!  Although the stated purpose of the conference was to show teachers how to approach the Social Justice 12 curriculum adopted under BC’s Corren Settlement Agreement, an underlying purpose was clearly revealed by a graphic of a staircase, distributed by the BCTF in its information packages: the goal is to move students’ attitude towards LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning) people beyond “tolerance” to “acceptance”—and then further along to “support,” “admiration,” “appreciation” and finally “celebration” of deviant sexuality.
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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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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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23 Jan 2009 Polygamy – Is it for Everyone?

How long will it take until the Supreme Court has a decision? Can an argument of “religious freedom” succeed in removing polygamy from the Criminal Code? Here are some answers.by Don Hutchinson - EFC (From Christianity.ca) Charges have been laid. Debate in the media occupies page after page, both print and electronic. The issue will proceed into the courts in a process likely to take years to unfold. Over the last few days, some of the questions most asked have been the following: [continue reading this article here.]...

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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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15 Dec 2008 Youth violence and family breakdown

By Peter Jon Mitchell, Research Analyst, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada [IMFC eReview, Dec 4 2008]Youth violence is on the rise in Canada, and the Ontario provincial government released a two million dollar report on November 14, 2008 identifying the root causes and how to address the problem. It identifies ten root causes including racism, poverty and family issues, and proposes thirty major recommendations for the province to consider.  On family, however, The Roots of Youth Violence avoids even grappling with the research consensus that shows family structure matters for child development. [1]
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