Education Tag

13 Jun 2012 Do anti-bullying laws work?

By Peter Jon Mitchell, FocusInsights.org: On May 25, 2012, Ontario’s government announced they would bar any school, whether separate or public, from vetoing the name “Gay Straight Alliances” for school-based anti-bullying clubs. While nearly everyone believes more should be done to stop bullying, this sharp action shows that even consensus issues can be mangled in the political sphere.The GSA issue is important because it has larger implications for Catholic and religious education in Ontario. But the debate has simplified a complex bill into one single issue, obscuring the reality that laws against bullying may not actually stop bullies. The question is this: Is legislating against bullying effective public policy in the first place? Do anti-bullying bills stop children from bullying?
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06 Jun 2012 Bill 13 Passes Final Vote in Ontario Legislature

ARPA Note: Although this is very bad news, we are grateful that ARPA's in Ontario, and the Reformed community in general, made the MPPs and public well aware of its dangers. We fulfilled our duty to be a prophetic witness to our society. But let's not retreat now. Bill 13 should be a lesson to us to remain involved in the public square, both out of love for our secular neighbours, as well as to maintain the freedom to live our faith freely and openly. Other provinces must act now,...

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31 May 2012 Manitoba teachers know better than parents

Over the weekend, the Manitoba Teachers' Society passed a resolution opposing policies that allow parents to pull their children from classes on moral or religious grounds. Parents in Manitoba can currently opt their children out of classes but the Society will now petition the provincial government and school board to remove this capability. CBC quotes the president of the Society, Paul Olson, as supporting the policy on the basis that: "there are things that we feel that all students need to know in terms of creating an inclusive school for everybody." Gear...

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16 Mar 2012 Alberta Education Act: Update and Call to Action

Update: A big "thank you" to all who attended the rally at the Legislature on Monday! The Education Minister has stated he is now willing to meet with a group of parents to hear out their concerns.  If you attended one of the ARPA events last week in Calgary, Coaldale, Edmonton, and Neerlandia, you would have heard André speak about the importance of making changes to the new Education Act. Since then, you may have heard that the Education Minister has indeed made some changes by clarifying the role that parents have in education. However, it is important to note that these changes do little to alleviate the fundamental concern with the legislation – the fact that it requires all education to be subject to the problem-filled Alberta Human Rights Act. As many of our readers are well aware, lip service can be paid to freedom of religion, speech, and parental rights but the reality is that when they are challenged through the province’s Human Rights Act, they almost always are undermined by the “rights” of special interest groups (learn more at our site www.HumanRightsCommissions.ca and by reading an excellent article here). Please take the time to read the newsletter below. Then, if you have not yet contacted your MLA and the Education Minister, please do so now (today and next week). If you already have, please do so again.
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24 Feb 2012 Alberta’s new “conservative” leader has a radical approach to education

Homeschooling families can’t teach homosexuality a sin in class says Alberta gvmt BY PATRICK B. CRAINE - EDMONTON, Alberta, February 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Under Alberta’s new Education Act, homeschoolers and faith-based schools will not be permitted to teach that homosexual acts are sinful as part of their academic program, says the spokesperson for Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. “Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications, told LifeSiteNews on Wednesday evening. “You can...

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24 Feb 2012 Updated (again): Alberta’s Proposed New Education Act Would Require All Schools to Teach “Diversity” As Defined by Human Rights Act

Update (March 9, 2012): It has been brought to our attention that the Education Minister, the Honourable Thomas Lukaszuk, has been standing repeatedly in the Legislature in these past few weeks to vigorously defend the funding of Independent Schools including religious schools. When communicating our concerns with our elected representatives in Alberta, please do express appreciation for this defence while also requesting that our other concerns regarding the new Act be fully addressed.
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04 Nov 2011 ARPA among 6 organizations waiting to hear back from BC Ministry of Education

ARPA Note: We have been a part of Take Back Our Schools since it started a few years ago. We encourage you to check out the new website and like the new Facebook page to follow developments regarding the education system. VANCOUVER, Nov. 4, 2011 (TBOS) — A consortium of groups concerned about parents’ and students’ rights wants to know why the Minister of Education won’t communicate with them. With the recent revelation that the teachers’ guide Out in Schools includes links to gay pornography as a “resource” to be recommended to students, the Ministry’s refusal to listen to parents has become critical, says Take Back Our Schools (TBOS).
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19 Aug 2011 Cardus Releases Largest Ever Study About Christian Education in North America

From Cardus.ca, Aug 17 2011: Yesterday Cardus released the results of our Christian Education Survey (available for download here), the largest known representative study of the outcomes of Christian education in North America undertaken to date. The data provide fascinating results that portray the graduates of Christian schools as living lives that: –promote community building; –support civic responsibility and civic engagement; –contribute to strong family life; –are less involved in politics; –embrace hope and optimism about the future; –indicate strong life-direction; and –place a lower priority on graduate-level university educational attainment.
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21 Jun 2011 Are Anti-Discrimination Policies Bullying Christian Schools and Families?

From EFC's Activate CFPL, June 20, 2011: Across the country, school boards are jumping on the bandwagon to implement equity and sexual orientation policies. Many of the objectives of these policies are laudable. Children should not be bullied, ridiculed, attacked or intimidated under any circumstance, or for any reason, and school boards are right to address it when it occurs.  But what happens when the policies themselves become the bullies?
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22 Sep 2010 All-Day Kindergarten: Interview with Economist Kevin Miligan

Talking to economist Kevin Milligan on all-day kindergarten, Nobel laureate James Heckman and the purported economic benefits of universal plans (By Andrea Mrozek, Manager of Research and Communications, IMFC) Kevin Milligan is a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of a number of papers pertaining to maternal benefits, employment and child care, including an assessment of Quebec’s 7-dollar-a-day daycare system....More recently, as claims are being made in both Ontario and British Columbia that all-day kindergarten will bring untold economic benefits, Professor Milligan has been a voice of reason. His concerns stem from an examination of the research.
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