I thought Canadians were supposed to be better than we Americans when it came to education issues… we’re the country that can “boast” of the Creation Museum, forbids gay marriage in all but four states, and kept George W. Bush in office for eight years.
Maybe Canada’s trying to catch up to our stupidity. At least Alberta, anyway:
A controversial Alberta bill will enshrine into law the rights of parents to pull their children out of classes discussing the topics of evolution and homosexuality.
The new rules, which would require schools to notify parents in advance of “subject-matter that deals explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation,” is buried in a bill that extends human rights to homosexuals. Parents can ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.
The kids whose parents would opt to pull them out of these discussions are precisely the kids who need to hear these discussions.
If you want to disagree with evolution, you better know what evolution is and what it isn’t.
If you want to go on saying homosexuality is wrong, you should know some facts about it first.
It’s not like those classes are asking kids to commit sodomy.
And what’s the slippery slope here? Will the same parents let their kids learn about the Big Bang? Comparative religions? Sex education? Doubtful.
And if you don’t want your kids to learn about evolution, you’d have to remove them from every single science class, since evolution influences all of them.
One official had the money quotation:
“This government just spent $25 million of taxpayers money to give Alberta a new image. All they’ve done is make Alberta look like Northumberland and sound like Arkansas,” [NDP Leader Brian] Mason said.
If this law passed, maybe universities should think twice before accepting any Alberta students who wish to major in health or the sciences.
(Thanks to Marla for the link!)