Big Brother and Home Schooling

Normally, an Alberta Clipper is the worst thing to come out of Canada. However, now something far more chilling and destructive has happened:, 2/23/12 – “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 – home school, 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.’ ‘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,’ a government spokesperson told LifeSiteNews.

Evidently, one can be diverse–as long as one is not diverse from government dictates. You can believe it but you cannot promulgate it? One wonders if the same will apply to Muslims who teach from the Koran about Jihad?

A homeschooler acquaintance of mine has stated, “I find it odd that they say it can be taught during family time, but not during educational/instruction time. Most homeschooling families do not ring a bell, or watch a clock to ‘stop learning’. Our instruction time and family time are intertwined.”

How will Big Brother monitor this? Bug people’s houses? Interrogations?

Christians want to be law abiding citizens; however, when push comes to shove, then Act 5:29 tell us what to do,”We ought to obey God rather than men.” We will obey God!

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870
MOUNTAIN MANNA, 96.7 FM, Sundays 9:30ish

“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”

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Gov'ts seem to have some very odd ideas about how learning works, and what it entails. It is impossible, IMO, to separate academic knowledge from virtue. What we learn about the world, and how we learn it, forms our characters. Education is not the sterile transmission of facts in a vacuum. Whoever stands at the 'head' of the class will influence the student's thinking. Why is a teacher supposedly the best person for this? Do they choose teachers based on their religious beliefs, morality, intelligence, and political ideology? No- they aren't allowed to discriminate in this way. Anyone who can pass the classes and the tests receives certification. And they don't have to pass with flying colors either. They can be dumber than dog hair, or even a sex offender, and the system will protect them while painting a target on the foreheads of conscientious, law-abiding, but religious parents.

I used to believe that most parents understood and embraced the idea that they were primarily responsible for their child's education and upbringing. But I've spoken to far too many parents who basically cannot stand to be with their kids, and are eminently relieved that there is a gov't program staffed by 'professionals' to take their little headaches off their hands for several hours a day. The problem is that all parents are going to eventually reap some unpleasant consequences because of this sloth and lack of natural affection, and I believe incidents such as described in the OP are just the tip of the iceberg.