EDMONTON, Alberta, February 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Under Alberta’s new Education Act, homeschoolers and faith-based schools will not be permitted to teach that homosexual acts are sinful as part of their academic program, says the spokesperson for Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. “Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications, told LifeSiteNews on Wednesday evening. “You can affirm the family’s ideology in your family life, you just can’t do it as part of your educational study and instruction,” she added.
Reacting to the remarks, Paul Faris of the Home School Legal Defence Association said the Ministry of Education is “clearly signaling that they are in fact planning to violate the private conversations families have in their own homes.” “A government that seeks that sort of control over our personal lives should be feared and opposed,” he added.
Section 16 of the new legislation restates the current School Act’s requirement that schools “reflect the diverse nature” of Alberta in their curriculum, but it adds that they must also “honour and respect” the controversial Alberta Human Rights Act that has been used to target Christians with traditional beliefs on homosexuality. ‘School’ is defined to include homeschoolers and private schools in addition to publicly funded school boards.
“You can affirm the family’s ideology in your family life
I have to agree with you on this, parents shouldn't be teaching their kids hateful nonsense... but having said that, it's not up to the Government to dictate what they can and cannot teach their children. Even though I don't think they should be doing it, that doesn't mean I can force my will upon them, but that is exactly what the Government is trying to do in so many areas of our life. Whether their intent is evil or not makes not the slightest of difference, it isn't their place to dictate such things upon us.
I was not homeschooled, but I agree that in the mainstream schools should't be teaching prejudice to any group, whether race or homosexuals.
I would imagine the reason why these people are homeschooling their kids in the first place is because they don't want them indoctrinated to begin with.
They'll have cameras in your house to monitor the teaching.
Originally posted by MrFGB
reply to post by el1jah
if they don't say it's a sin to take in the pooper and they say it makes them smell like poop, is that ok? What are they supposed to say? This is crazy! Can you say that it is not considered normal by the majority of citizens?
Originally posted by Astyanax
Well, let's hope that home-schooling is abolished before it becomes necessary to do that. There really is no excuse for it unless the child is handicapped or there are no schools within easy reach of its home. Certainly, home-schooling children for political or religious reasons is quite unacceptable.