Thought I'd share some good news with the rest of the board ...
Last night at the schoolboard Parents' Committee meeting, we were asked by the Quebec Federation of Parents' Committees to approve or not their recommmendation to the Ministry of Education. It reads as follows:
The QFPC recommends that:
* public schools prepare without delay to allow the responsibility of denominational religious instruction to devolve to families and religious communities, in keeping with their convictions.
* the time currently allocated for Catholic or Protestant religious instruction or for moral education be optimized to offer all Quebec students a common program in values and in the world's great religious traditions.
* The Government of Quebec take the necessary steps to renew the nothwithstanding clause, primarily to allow a sufficient period of time for:
- establishing a new program aimed at acquiring a set of common values, developing atttitudes of openness to and respect for others, as well as at promoting awareness of the various facets of the religious fact in the world.
- developing a pool of teachers qualified to dispense this new program.
All 22 parents in attendance, several of whom are Catholic, voted for this recommendation. The vote was unanimous, undivided and universal, and no abstentions.
There you go, Pete (from Hampstead) ... we’re well on our way up here to teaching science, not superstition ...