Independent Education Tag

25 Feb 2021 Webinar: Elder Care and Christian Political Advocacy

Topic: Elder Care and Christian Political Advocacy Co-Host: Word and Spirit Institute Date and Time: March 13, 10 AM PST | 1 PM EST Covid-19 has revealed existing gaps in elder care in Canada, and also created new ones. We will discuss the Canadian elder care context, lay out a biblical perspective on eldercare, and explain how to engage in advocacy on this issue as a Christian. Register for the webinar! Need help with registration? Watch this tutorial video. ...

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17 Feb 2021 ARPA’s Newest Policy Report: Educational Diversity

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6 The central importance of Christian education in the life of Reformed Christians inspired ARPA’s latest – and perhaps long overdue – Respectfully Submitted policy report on the topic of Educational Diversity. God commands parents to raise their children in the fear of the LORD and to pass along the covenant promises to their children (Deuteronomy 6:7, 11:19, Joshua 4:7, Exodus 12:26-27). Reformed thinkers such as Louis Berkhof have...

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06 Nov 2020 What if British Columbia and Canada were governed by students?

by: Levi Minderhoud   Imagine a parallel universe in which British Columbia and all of Canada were ruled not by adults, but by students. Two weeks ago, British Columbians went to the polls to elect a new provincial government. A little over a year ago, Canadians also elected a new federal government. We all know the outcomes: the BC NDP won a solid majority at the provincial level, with the BC Liberals bleeding seats and BC Greens maintaining their support. At the federal level, the Liberals won a minority government. The Conservatives formed...

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09 Jul 2020 Parental Rights and Education in Alberta: A Timeline of Success

Real progress in education! The past two years on the Alberta education front have been anything but dull. To name just a few memories… The court challenge against Bill 24. The emails. The phone calls. The Gideon Project. The appeal hearing and ARPA’s intervention there. The Education Amendment Act. And now, finally, the Choice in Education Act. Below, we've put together a timeline of legislation from limiting parental involvement to legislation promoting the idea that parents know what’s best for their children. An Act to Support Gay Straight Alliances In November 2017, Alberta’s...

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18 Jun 2020 BC Cuts Funding to Independent Distributed Learning Schools

Updated July 14, 2020 by Levi Minderhoud The year 2020 seems to be a year of almost unlimited government spending. The federal government (as of July 8) announced that its deficit would be $343 billion this year. The government of British Columbia is also spending $5 billion on a variety of COVID-related measures. The dominant view among policymakers and economists is that government should spend, spend, spend to avoid an even deeper recession. But, apparently that fund-everything-in-sight logic doesn’t apply to independent distributed learning (IDL) schools in British Columbia. On May 4th, the...

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13 Nov 2019 Toronto Catholic School Board includes ‘Gender Identity’ and ‘Gender Expression’ in its Code of Conduct

In a meeting last week that went into the early hours of the morning, the Toronto Catholic District School Board voted in favour of changing its Code of Conduct policy to include the terms “gender expression” and “gender identity.” ARPA supporters will no doubt recognize these two terms, as they were at the centre of changes forced on Reformed schools in Alberta by the previous government in that province. We applaud the schools in Alberta that stood up to government and societal pressure and are disappointed to see the Toronto...

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05 Jul 2019 Gender politics in classrooms is hurting kids

Teaching little boys and girls that they’re neither: Gender politics in classrooms is hurting kids By André Schutten   Barbara Kay, in a National Post article called “When gender identity education and theory goes wrong”, comments on a story that illustrates much of what’s wrong with teaching the new gender orthodoxy to children. This six-year-old was plunged into considerable distress when told by her teacher that “girls are not real”. To summarize the story: the Buffones family’s six-year-old daughter, referred to as “N” to protect her privacy, was a happy girl, comfortable in her...

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15 Mar 2019 Ontario curriculum update increases parental involvement and that’s a good thing

ARPA Canada sent a statement to the media this morning in response to the announcement from the Minister of Education on planned curriculum changes in Ontario. So many of you have engaged on this issue and we thank you for your engagement! We will complete a full review of the curriculum when it is released. On March 15th, Ontario Minister of Education Lisa Thompson announced some much-needed improvements to the provincial curriculum. During the press conference, Minister Thompson addressed some of the concerns Ontario parents had with the previous Wynne-era curriculum,...

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15 Mar 2019 Press release: Ontario curriculum update increases parental involvement and that’s a good thing

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada March 15, 2019 Ontario curriculum update increases parental involvement and that’s a good thing OTTAWA, ON – This morning, Ontario Minister of Education Lisa Thompson announced some much-needed improvements to the provincial curriculum. During the press conference, Minister Thompson addressed some of the concerns Ontario parents had with the previous Wynne-era curriculum, particularly about the sexual health curriculum. André Schutten, Director of Law & Policy for the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada, applauded the re-engagement and involvement of parents in this...

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04 Dec 2018 On compromise and Christian school policies: A discussion

ARPA Canada has wrapped up its 2018 Fall Tour. During the last week, we wound through Alberta, where there is much consternation regarding actions by the Education Minister (Mr. Eggen) against independent Christian schools. You can read about the tension between the minister and these schools here. Some solid Christian parents, with deep concerns about protecting these schools and the children in them, raised some good questions that we all need to wrestle with. This article is an attempt to try do justice to the questions by providing in-depth answers. QUESTION...

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