Education Tag

11 Mar 2014 ARPA files factum at the Supreme Court

On Thursday, March 6, ARPA Canada's legal counsel filed the written legal arguments for our Christian coalition, the Association of Christian Educators and Schools (ACES) Canada at the Supreme Court of Canada in regards to the Loyola case. You can read all about the case and what it means for Christian education here and here. For those interested in reading our written legal arguments, please see the attachment below. We covet your prayers, that the legal arguments may be fully considered, that the judges' hearts may be open to the...

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29 Jan 2014 Dr. Neufeld on Bullying: What Really Works?

In 2012 and 2013, ARPA focussed a lot of attention on Bill 13 in Ontario and Bill 18 in Manitoba, both of which claimed to be about combatting bullying even though the legislation itself did not reflect this. Sadly, in spite of a overwhelming opposition from the public and our readers, these bills were pushed through. But the issue is far from over. Other provinces are looking at the same issue, and Ontario and Manitoba will now have to grapple with the top-down and heavy-handed reality of their new laws....

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04 Dec 2013 Loyola update – Motion filed with the Supreme Court

On Friday, November 29th, ARPA Canada, on behalf of the Association of Christian Educators and Schools (ACES Canada), filed our Notice of Motion in the Loyola School appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. As you may recall, Loyola School is appealing to the Supreme Court because the Ministry of Education in Québec has refused to allow it to teach a mandatory curriculum on religion and ethics from its own religious perspective. Instead, all schools (even independent Christian schools) must teach this religion course from a secular or “neutral” perspective.
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27 Nov 2013 Full-day kindergarten in Ontario: Reading the fine print

Did those cheerleading for full-day kindergarten actually read the research?NOVEMBER 27, 2013 | by ANDREA MROZEK, Executive Director, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada On the first day of school this year, the media was abuzz with the success of full-day kindergarten in Ontario.1 The Education Minister did a press conference reporting that the research was in and it was "nothing short of incredible." Daycare advocate Margaret Norrie McCain claimed the results were "like winning Olympic gold" and advisor to then Premier McGuinty, Charles Pascal, said he was doing cartwheels, so great was his joy.2 Yet the research was not actually in. The studies were only made available later in October. As a result of this red flag, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada decided to save the calisthenics for later. We asked why this research should be so drastically different from prior research done on the same topic.3 As it turns out, having now read the research, it is not different. It shows lacklustre results for Ontario's children.
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12 Nov 2013 Reflections on the ARPA tour

Note: See poet A. Blokhuis' reflection on the fall tour and broader work we are doing together here. The ARPA Canada national tour has already hit 14 locations with about 2,600 people in attendance. That is more than double what we have seen in the past couple years and five times as many as when we started. Every audience was both incredibly supportive/engaged and yet unique. Thank you! At the Fergus event on Wednesday evening (Nov. 6) our friend David VanVeen (pictured right) delivered a short message at the end,...

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04 Nov 2013 Ontario Tour Update – Wow!

Updated Nov 9, 2013: The Ontario arm of the ARPA National tour has been amazing. We are seeing huge crowds. 175 came out in Strathroy. The picture above is from Fergus where 300 came out on Wednesday night. Over 350 came on Thursday in Niagara, and over 300 came in Hamilton on Friday night. We are so grateful to have been able to see so many of you face-to-face. What a privilege it is to work with such committed, spirit-filled, and encouraging saints....

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12 Sep 2013 Full-day kindergarten: Put away the pom-poms

ARPA Note: We covered the problems of full-time kindergarten extensively when the BC government attempted to make it mandatory. Thanks in part to the efforts of the local ARPA groups there and the response from parents, independent schools were permitted to retain part-time K. We strongly encourage Ontario to push back the State. By Andrea Mrozek (IMFC) and published in Ottawa Citizen Sept 12 2013: So many superlatives. Amazing. Life-changing. Cartwheel inducing. That sums up the reaction to a recent full-day kindergarten press release from Ontario's Ministry of Education.Minister of Education Liz Sandals announced on the first day of school that full-day kindergarten is a massive success story. This is based on a research report that the public is not allowed to see until October. Clearly, it was a political photo opportunity too good to pass up. Yet, there is another side of the story. Full-day kindergarten may, and likely will, bring some benefits to some children, particularly those from disadvantaged communities, and particularly in the short-term. The test of time is required to see what the results will really be. It's time to put away the pom-poms: A best guess is that the research will show some good and some bad outcomes. This is in fact what existing peer-reviewed research on full-day kindergarten already shows.
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05 Sep 2013 Manitoba consultations on Bill 18 ongoing

As we reported earlier this year, Manitoba's Bill 18 has some serious flaws that need to be corrected. In fact, even NDP supporters are speaking out against it. At the beginning of this year, we encouraged our readers in Manitoba to step up, to take action and to speak out. And how they have responded! It's great to hear that many parents and leaders will be presenting to the committee (over 300 individuals are scheduled to present). Dozens have talked to MLAs either over the phone or in person and...

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16 Jul 2013 Three modes of education: Christian parents’ perspectives on them all

Education is a pretty big issue in Canada today, and is certainly an issue of concern for ARPA and our supporters. It will be the feature topic of our 2013 tour and the subject of ongoing engagement with various provincial governments and with the Supreme Court of Canada itself! But sometimes, it's helpful to take one step back and consider education outside of the legal/political cacophony and consider it from a Biblical principles perspective. We've got something that might lend perspective in that regard.  Over on the Gospel Coalition Blog,...

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12 Jul 2013 Education: Headwinds and Tailwinds

On June 8, 2013 ARPA Niagara hosted a dinner with three speeches focusing on the issue of education in Ontario. Mr. Ted Postma, a member of the Grace Free Reformed Church, is the principal of Calvin Christian School in Hamilton and is also a school quality evaluator for the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools. He spoke about the development of independent religious schools in Ontario, how the Ontario Education Act defines schools and the political/legal benefits and challenges posed on independent schools. We are very thankful that Ted has given...

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