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 ...
How do we spread this rationality?
If that could only happen here! Oh well. I’m running for the school board, so maybe someday…..
Go for it Pete. You have my support - although just distant and philosphical.
Susan - Congratulations to you and to the progressive people of Quebec.
Hey, Pete ...
Good luck with the schoolboard elections ... it’s a great way to make your vote count for change.
Since de-programming adults only happens when the adult is willing/open to change, I see focussing on the kids is the more hopeful plan. A friend once said: “Kids are like blank disks; everything needs to be programmed into them.” So even if kids (here in Quebec) are still learning at home and at church one way of looking at the world, they will be learning a few other ways to explain the mysteries of life while they are at school.
The Catholic parents at Monday’s meeting also voted for religion to be removed from the curriculum mainly because they felt catholicism was not being taught by qualified teachers and they had complaints about the actual courses. While our schools teach catechism, they don’t teach the sacraments, for instance. So the vote wasn’t unanimous against religion per se, just to get it out of the schools. That’s good enough for me! Since for many of the kids the majority of their waking hours are spent in class, school just might have the greater influence in any case. We can always hope ...
Thanks CA and Wot for your congratulations ... If Quebec, which was built 100% by the Church (Montreal is actually known as “the city of churches” as it boasts (complains?) about having more churches per square mile than any other city worldwide), can dig out from under, then there’s hope for the red states too.