Articles Tagged ‘Education’

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Homeschooling is countercultural

Brigitte Pellerin points to an excellent post about staying sane as a homeschooling parent, and adds an important point herself: If you're homeschooling many people will automatically assume you're not sane to begin with, and they do have a point, so don't overstress yourself. You do what's best for your family and that's just that. You do not need to conform to other people's expectations of what your life ought to be like. The decision to homeschool, like ... (Continue reading)

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PC leadership hopeful slams Liberal government over sex ed

PC leadership hopeful slams Liberal government over sex ed

Monte McNaughton demanded Kathleen Wynne release details of her government’s sex ed plans. Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership hopeful Monte McNaughton has challenged the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne over its plans to introduce a sex ed program. In 2010, Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government nixed its new sex education curriculum after parents and religious groups condemned the program ... (Continue reading)

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New report calls for support for independent schools

A new report is urging Ontario lawmakers to institute policies that promote school choice. Toward a Warmer Climate for Ontario’s Private Schools, written by emeritus professor Derek J. Allison from University of Western Ontario for Cardus, a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture, is calling for a  discussion around greater government support for private schools that has not taken place since the Shapiro commission. The Shapiro commission was appointed during the government of Premier William Davis ... (Continue reading)

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Report looks at free speech at Canada’s universities

Report looks at free speech at Canada’s universities

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has released its annual report on the state of free speech in Canada’s universities, and it doesn’t bode well for the liberty of students on campus. The 2014 Campus Freedom Index gives four grades in total to each of Canada’s 52 publicly funded universities. The administration and student union at each institution receive two grades based on how much their official policy and actual ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto school board attempts to silence trustee over ‘transphobic’ tweets

Toronto school board  attempts to silence trustee  over ‘transphobic’ tweets

Teachers union upset with Toronto District School Board trustee Sam Sotiropoulos' tweets. Toronto District School Board trustee Sam Sotiropoulos, who made headlines several months ago for questioning the board’s participation in the gay pride parade, has once again found himself the target of LGBTQ activists. After tweeting two weeks ago that he “reserves the right” to believe transgenderism does not ... (Continue reading)

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School board elections in five provinces

Voter turnout in municipal and school board elections are typically lower than provincial and federal elections, but for pro-life and pro-family voters, the issues can be just as important. Campaign Life Coalition has been organizing for this fall’s school board election since mid-2013, actively recruiting and working with pro-life and pro-family candidates to run for school board trustee. Five provinces will head to the polls in October and November for local elections: Manitoba and rural municipalities in Saskatchewan on Oct. 22, ... (Continue reading)

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Child porn case against former top Ontario education official moves forward

Province likely to raise sex-ed issue in near future A former top-ranking Ontario education official and appointee of Premier Kathleen Wynne charged with making and distributing child pornography will face a preliminary hearing in November.   In July 2013, University of Toronto professor Benjamin Levin was arrested and charged with seven counts of child exploitation, including making and distributing child pornography as well as arranging for a sexual offense with a child. The charges were filed after an international child pornography sting led investigators ... (Continue reading)

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Manitoba school trustee candidate pilloried for abstinence education views

Candace Maxymowich, a 20-year-old woman running for school trustee in Louis Riel Ward 4 in Manitoba, faced a backlash for stating abstinence is the only acceptable part of sex education in schools. “Personally, I do not support sex education other than abstinence.” she posted August 5 on Twitter. Twitter users responded with anger and dismissed her ideas as outrageous. Most of those who replied were against her views, and instead favoured more sex-education in schools. “Abstinence only doesn’t work. They need to ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion industry promotes sexual promiscuity

A recent documentary, Blood Money: The Business of Abortion, exposes the link between the multi-billion dollar abortion industry and the push for radical sexual education and easy contraception. The documentary, which features former abortionist Carol Everett, who spoke at the 2014 Rose Dinner in Ottawa, admits that Planned Parenthood actively targets youth by promoting sexual activity and attacking chastity through contraceptive strategies for teenagers in North America. While the documentary and Everett focus on the United States, statistics from Canada reveal ... (Continue reading)

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Ministry of education, public health, teacher’s union push graphic sex-ed agenda in Nova Scotia

Editor’s Note: There is sexually graphic material in this story. The Nova Scotia government and teachers union play a big role in the promotion of sex and homosexuality education, and these sensitive topics are being taught throughout the elementary school curriculum. According to the N.S. Ministry of Education’s Learning Outcomes Framework, Grade 1 students are to “explore the concept of gender.” In Grade 4, they learn to “differentiate between gender roles and gender identity.” Fifth graders must “demonstrate an understanding that sexual ... (Continue reading)

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University of Calgary allows students to appeal misconduct charges

The University of Calgary has allowed seven students to appeal charges of non-academic misconduct, filed four years ago after they set up a pro-life display on campus. According to a press release from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, the decision was made by the Student Discipline Appeal Committee of the Board of Governors on June 17. It “is a response to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judgment in Wilson v. University of Calgary (rendered on April 1, 2014).” The University of Calgary ... (Continue reading)

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Anti-nudity pride motion defeated in Toronto

Anti-nudity pride motion defeated in Toronto

Sam Sotiropoulos, Toronto school board trustee As Toronto’s public school board defeated a motion asking to bar nudity at the city’s June 29 World Pride parade, a Catholic school board in Ontario voiced its opposition to the participation of Catholic teachers in the march. Without a debate, in a 16-6 vote on April 9, the Toronto District School Board rejected a motion by trustee Sam Sotiropoulos ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario, N.S. law societies oppose TWU law school

Trinity Western University’s law school has been denied accreditation by Ontario and Nova Scotia and will take the two law societies to court over their decisions. The Langley, B.C.-based Christian university’s Community Covenant that requires students to “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman” has triggered opposition from adversaries who argue that the covenant discriminates against homosexuals. Ontario’s Law Society of Upper Canada voted against accreditation in a 28-21 vote on ... (Continue reading)

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B.C. teacher’s union resources push socially liberal agenda

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation provides a variety of resources undermining traditional pro-life and pro-family values. The BCTF authored a Reproductive Rights Lesson Plan, which includes a timeline with historical information about birth control and abortion. The lesson plan incorrectly attributes adolescent “reproductive rights” such as access to contraceptives and abortion to Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The source for these “rights” was actually the 33rd session of the Committee on the Rights of ... (Continue reading)

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Religious freedom at stake in Loyola case

Arguments have begun in what, for faithful Christians, is one of the most important cases ever to come before the Supreme Court of Canada: at issue, is the fundamental right of Canadians to have their children educated in accordance with the basic principles of Christian faith and morality. This matter has been brought before the Court by the relentlessly secular government of Quebec, which, in 2008, imposed a compulsory course ... (Continue reading)

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