Sunday, September 19, 2010
Catholic School System- Time to go!
Is there anyone who would deny this fact?
What people don't consider in the search for a problem is that we are
currently funding twice as many school boards as we need to or even
should be funding.
We currently fund the English Public school board, the french public
school board, the English Catholic School board and the French Catholic
We only have a need and in fact a right, to the public school system.
A publicly funded Catholic school board is not only extraneous, but
it is unethical and most of all expensive.
Conservative estimates are that the school boards share 500 million dollars or
more across Canada for administration costs that are duplicated in a multi school board system. (70 Million in BC alone)
Catholics will cry "foul!" and many others will not see the need, but
when we examine the Catholic school boards right to existence we can see
that a public funding of such a venture is politically unethical,
financially irresponsible, and a complete violation of separation of
church and state.
Even the UN has heavily criticized Canada for its obvious Catholic
favouritism in the school system.
We continue to ignore that international ruling.
By funding ONLY catholic religious schools we are ALL paying for
Catholic education even though many of us are not catholic. Clearly
not a fair use of funds when we are all forced to put money into a
religious education that is not of our own religion (or lack of one).
I am not speaking out against catholic schools (although I would if
given the chance. It is childhood indoctrination),
I am speaking out against a government funded religious program.
I am speaking out against government endorsing a specific religion.
I am speaking out against the government spending that is clearly not
representative of desires of the population as a whole.
We are not a catholic nation.
If we are to give money to the Catholics in order to both be
representative of our population and to avoid the appearance of the
government endorsed religion being Catholic, we must give money to the
Muslims, the Jews, the Mormons, the Jainists, the Scientologists, the
That is a very onerous task to ensure that all faiths are government
endorsed and financed.
Why support any of them?
They are free to hold whatever belief they wish, no matter how irrational and crazy I might feel it is, but for them to command 500 million dollars or more in order for them to have government funded SCHOOLS to teach those unsupported and unshared beliefs to their children is asinine and unethical.
It is discriminatory towards the other religions.
It is financially irresponsible
It is unethical to present Catholicism as the only government endorsed
It funds employee discrimination as Catholic teachers as they can apply
to ALL schools where everyone else can only apply to the public school
system. (Catholic schools only hire Catholic teachers) That is
discrimination based on religion.
It also goes against the idea of separation of church and state, an
ideology that must be present in all modern governments in order to
function as the voice of a very diverse people.
It is time that we do away with this financially draining, unethical,
discriminatory, middle age example of government endorsed religion in
favour of a system that will give full attention to the school system as
After all it is only the kids who benefit from a fully functional,
educationally focused, financially stable school system.
Open privately funded religious schools if teaching
your own children what you want them to believe is too much for you to do on your own, but
don't ask the government to provide what you are too lazy to give them.
In a system divided by religious fault-lines where everyone suffers from
critical underfunding, lets put all of our eggs in one basket.
A secular basket.
That is the only way to be fair to everybody and to truly represent the Canadian populace without discrimination.
Indoctrinating your children with your privately held religious beliefs is clearly not the governments responsibility and the children are suffering in a school system whose funding is divided.
Why not think of them, and do what is right?
One school system for all and everyone wins.
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