Education

Alberta: Fighting for Secular Education

Freedom from indoctrination is a Canadian value.

Jace Schlachter can't get secular education. (Source: CBC)
Jace Schlachter can’t get secular education. (Source: CBC)

The CBC is reporting that even in Canada, and even in the 21st century, you cannot assume that you can get access to government paid secular education. From Legal, Alberta:

A group of parents in Legal is fighting for their children to get a public education in their own home town.

“I absolutely would not have bought a house in Legal had I known there was no option for a public school education,” said Patricia Brown.

Parent Patricia Brown wants the province to provide a secular school program for children in Legal. (CBC)

Brown and her husband moved to Legal from Kitimat, B.C., two years, enticed by the low housing prices and tax rate.

This year, their son is in kindergarten and the couple began looking for schooling options.

But the town of just over 1,200 has just two schools — one half-empty Catholic school and one Francophone school already crammed to the rafters.

Non-Catholic students can attend Legal School, part of the Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, but parents say opting out of religion class means sitting in the principal’s office for the hour.

“That’s not an option,” said Megan Thiel. “That’s segregation.”

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Education

Alberta: God the Greatest Scientists, says Private School

A Calgary, AB accredited private Christian school is being investigated by the Ministry of Education for their sciences lessons, after a parent noticed this comment in their child’s report card:

Report card reads, "Our year began with an introduction to ‘What is Science?’ and a focus on God, our Creator and the Greatest Scientist of all. As the year progresses, we are looking for evidence of God’s intelligence in creation. We noted an example of God’s organization in creation, as we followed the patterns of sunrises & sunsets and the phases of the moon. Our class verse is Romans 1:20.” (Source: Metro News)
Report card reads, “Our year began with an introduction to ‘What is Science?’ and a focus on God, our Creator and the Greatest Scientist of all. As the year progresses, we are looking for evidence of God’s intelligence in creation. We noted an example of God’s organization in creation, as we followed the patterns of sunrises & sunsets and the phases of the moon. Our class verse is Romans 1:20.”
(Source: Metro News)

Alberta’s education minister is being called on to investigate the curriculum being taught at a city private school after a report card surfaced online that stated kids were taught in a science class that God was behind the patterns of sunrises and sunsets as well as the phases of the moon.

Some may say that a private Christian school should be able to do what they want. But this is not true: to be accredited, they must follow rules. And this is how it should be, to protect parents. Parents should understand what it means to be accredited. There should be no chance that a firm Christian parent would seek out solid education with a solid Christian message and be surprised they only got the Christian message, and not solid education.

I suppose unaccredited schools can do whatever they’d like. Continue reading