Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bill 44 Passes Third Reading

Nation, the time is 1:33 am on Tuesday, the 2nd of June. As of about 10 minutes ago, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta essentially passed Bill 44 into law (there are still some i's to dot and t's to cross before it's official).

Analysis on this later today. In the meantime - what do YOU think?


Unknown said...

What seems like a good idea to some will only end up being more red tape and bureaucracy for our teachers. I'm wondering how students will manage to learn about the holocaust without discussing the groups that were killed (ie. Jews and homosexuals, want to try and talk about then without bringing up religion or sexuality?) How will much of history or our social studies can be taught without a daily notice going home-Today we're talking about history, some religion and sexuality may be included where necessary to explain such events as the Enlightenment, politics, World War 2, the peace movement and the like.

I understand and wholly support the right of giving parents a strong hand in how they want to raise their children. Where that right ends is when it gags our teachers and prevents them from talking about real world events.

If a parent wants to instill a particular set of values that is so far outside the norm that factual discussion of pivotal parts of history cannot be discussed-home school them. These parents already have the option to homeschool or send their children to private schools. Keep the ideological wars out of our schools. Keep the history in.

Anonymous said...

I finally twigged to the idea that Twitter and live webcasts of the legislative assembly are excellent tools to become an engaged citizen only to learn that the Minister of Culture and Community Spirit thinks I am unintelligent and irrelevant....