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Public School Challenges – April 23rd… Just my Opinion!

Public Schools have a problem, because they have essentially made a deal:  take Canadian’s tax dollars and they will offer every Canadian child who wants it an education.

Private schools often have the right to refuse entry:  public schools have to take them all.

So now what? You have quite a few kids in the same school with opposing needs and wants that still have to learn how to be together

Christians & Lesbians/Gays together – Christians are supposed to be politically correct and allow Lesbians/Gays, Bis/Trans/etc. to be “themselves”, all the while not even being able to say “Merry Christmas” “officially”.  Ok, it makes people uncomfortable to hear “Merry Christmas”, well it makes others uncomfortable to confront the GLTB community, so why suppress one and support the other?  Let’s loosen up, shall we?

How about vegans and those with peanut allergies – some kids rely on nuts for protein – is there a place for that in public schools?  I see more and more signs:  this is an egg-free class, this is a strawberry-free class, this is a peanut-free class, this is a pineapple-free class…  Yet junk food seems to be ok, nobody says anything!  Also, among those in poverty (like where I grew up), peanut butter is considered the “poor mans protein”.  Not everyone can afford sandwich meats.

Creationists/Evolutionists – two opposing world views – children are taught one of these exclusively, while nothing about the other – I personally think it would be good to hear both sides, just so children know what is going on in the greater world – something billions of people believe in is still important for everyone to know, even if, at best, you see it as “know your enemy.”  Just teach a class called religion and let kids learn about them all.  It might help people understand each other better!

Mentally/Physically challenged with those kids who want challenges – the big thing is monkey bars that are leaving one playground after the other – my daughter and other children play on these incessantly – I think there should be something for EVERYONE – challenged or not. Making sure there is a variety of equipment for all different age groups and abilities.

Sex Education is also a topic that is sensitive – in the “old days” parents had a choice, now children get educated quite explicitly without our knowledge exactly what they are being told.  Again, those who want to raise children with a modicum of modesty, have to fight with the liberals who believe that “knowledge can prevent STD’s and pregnancies”.  As there are way more pregnancies now than there ever were in my day, I have to say it doesn’t seem to be working, whatever you are doing.

Here are the words from the Vancouver School Board:

The Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and positive learning environment for all students and employees including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, or who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.  These students and employees, as all students and employees, have the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment.  The letter and spirit of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the B. C. Human Rights Acts and theCollective Agreements shall be carefully observed, enforced, and supported, so that all members of the school community may work together in an atmosphere of respect and tolerance for individual differences.  Specifically, the Board will not tolerate hate crimes, harassment or discrimination, and will vigorously enforce policy and regulations dealing with such matters.

How about I take the liberty of replacing lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit etc. and replace it with Christians, believers, Children of God etc. and say it again:

The Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and positive learning environment for all students and employees including those who identify as Christians, believers, Children of God, Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, non-denominational, Anglicans, Mennonite, Greek Orthodox or anyone searching what they actually believe in.  These students and employees, as all students and employees, have the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment.  The letter and spirit of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the B. C. Human Rights Acts and theCollective Agreements shall be carefully observed, enforced, and supported, so that all members of the school community may work together in an atmosphere of respect and tolerance for individual differences.  Specifically, the Board will not tolerate hate crimes, harassment or discrimination, and will vigorously enforce policy and regulations dealing with such matters.

I love this.  I don’t want my children harassed for saying Merry Christmas!  I would love to wish everyone a Happy Easter!  When we say we want to be inclusive this should mean everyone – even Christians!

And yes, what do you do if the rights of one group bump right up against the rights of the other?

Again, public schools have challenges and so do our Societies.

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