mercredi 20 mai 2009

Course breaks the golden rule

Lettre envoyée à la Gazette de Montréal par Ed Hoyer de Roxboro  :
Michael Schleifer completely sidesteps the concerns raised by William Johnson and the questions raised by Loyola High School.

First, under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, parents have the right to choose the religious training for their children. If parents want to teach a certain religion or philosophy, that is their right. If schools (and the Education system in Québec) try to teach something contrary to the parents belief, then parents have the ultimate authority and right to choose. It's all very well for Schleifer to argue that the course is good, but if the parents don't want it, they should have the final say. Strawberries might be good for you, too, but you don't have to eat them.

Second, the course is not age appropriate for third- or fifth-grade students. A child is taught by his parents and religious institution that certain things are true or sacred. Then if the school teacher, who is considered an authority by young children, teaches the contrary, the child will be confused. Children at that age cannot hold contrary views in their minds and try to figure out what they want to believe. Schleifer refers to the golden rule – "Don't do to others what you don't want them to do to you," or in the positive form, "Do for others what you want them to do for you." By forcing a course of study on children, the state is breaking this vital rule.

Ed Hoyer, Roxboro

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