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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Faith Based Students: Second Class Kids?

Nice article from a young man named Omar Soliman in today's Globe & Mail regarding faith-based school funding. He's yet another faith-based school alumni who seems to have adusted to the "real world" just fine.
"I was a second-class student in Ontario.

Tell me, Mr. McGuinty, how do you create a "knowledge economy" that breeds "creativity" and "excellence" (your words) when you are unwilling to elevate the educational standards of 53,000 Ontario students who are receiving this same second-class education?

And yet, there was Deputy Premier George Smitherman suggesting that, because it would cost an extra $100-million, funding for these students is not warranted. This, from the same minister whose response to the ailments of our health system was to increase its budget by $11-billion since 2003. During Mr. McGuinty's time in office, public education funding rose from $9.4 billion in 2003 to $12.8 billion in 2007. So don't tell me the money doesn't exist.

Still, some Liberals will continue to make the very conservative argument that, on balance, all social policy is somehow inherently or deliberately exclusive.

When Mr. McGuinty says funding religious private schools is tantamount to "segregation," I first try to ignore the irony that this word invokes. And then I turn to my Muslim friends who graduated from my Islamic school and who are now in law, medicine, teaching, business and, yes, even our armed forces. I turn to my four brothers: two doctors, one lawyer and a future investment banker.

And then I wonder: Since when did it become too expensive or too dangerous to uphold equality? What happened to the idea of accommodating or celebrating diversity?"
Makes me smile... 'cause before he went back to school, Omar used to work for Warren at Daisy Group. ;-)

(guess the kid learned a thing or two about throwing a good political punch...)

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  • At Wed. Sep. 12, 06:30:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well spoken true enough, but did you read the responses? Overwhelmingly, they reject his argument.

    I don't think he did anything to bolster the case in the public mind for Faith-based schools. It remains a political disaster.

  • At Wed. Sep. 12, 09:59:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are we short of churches or synagogues or mosques or something? Do they not teach religion? Are we planning to eliminate churches, etc? Do kids need that much brainwashing?

  • At Wed. Sep. 12, 10:05:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger BEAJ said…

    I read the responses too. Great points were made. There is no reason to have faith based schools. Absolutely none.

    Tory has blown the election. It didn't take into account that many Conservatives are strict secularists and it is totally impossible to vote for him now.

  • At Wed. Sep. 12, 10:31:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Therein lies the problem beaj... a secular society ought to be one where everyone has the freedom to pursue his or her faith, and to freely teach their children their faith. What you're talking about isn't secularism, but humanism.

    I don't have any problem with promoting a secular society... secularism should be about freedom of religion... humanism is about freedom from religion. (even though it's a religion in and of itself... but that's another matter)

  • At Wed. Sep. 12, 11:31:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger BEAJ said…

    You have freedom of religion. It can only happen with a secular government. Nobody is talking about stopping the parent from taking the child to church/synagogue/mosque to brainwash them. Nobody is talking about not brainwashing them at home.

    The issue is using public funds to fund every different religion in school.

    That is totally wrong.

    We don't use public funds to build churches and pay religious employees. And we shouldn't.

    On the job, your employer doesn't pay you to go to church or pray or study religious doctrine. When a kid is in school, it is the same thing. We the taxpayers don't pay for that either.

    The story of this Muslim shows how ridiculous this whole scheme is. He wound up going to public schools eventually anyways where he received a better education. No religious filler either. Except in his young impressionable years he was continually brainwashed with doctrine and he probably didn't have a non Muslim friend until reaching public schools. That is called segregation and I'm sure, intolerance was ingrained in his head, both ways.

  • At Wed. Sep. 12, 12:42:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Well, sorry to break it to you, but we already DO fund things of a religious nature... I work in a Catholic institution.

    Are you suggesting that the Health facility I work in should not be funded with taxpayer dollars? Take your statements to their logical conclusion.

  • At Wed. Sep. 12, 10:41:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger BEAJ said…

    Catholics got grandfathered in. I hope there is a referendum soon that will cut out this nonsense.
    They cut out it out in Quebec.


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