Alberta passes law allowing parents to pull kids out of class

Canadians allowed to sue terrorists and legally involve themselves in their children’s education.

Good intentions aside, the fangs and claws of these new laws don’t exist.

 As for the first, who will you sue? How many nations are on the terrorism watch list in Canada?  Let’s be real, unless some government is willing to admit they sponsor terrorism, all you win is the is a piece of paper that tells you so. Plus it give Canadians the false impression that you can fight terrorism in the court room.

 The Alberta law will probably be changed right after the first dozen or so law suits from angry parents.  Angry their children can’t go to school, as so much of the curriculum is offencive to them and or their culture/religion.  So unless Alberta is willing to foot the bill for lots of tutors, this law is doomed. Which really is to bad because all the law really is, is a legal responsibility on the schools part to keep parents informed of what is being taught to the little ones.

 

from CBC

Written notice required when sex, sexual orientation, religion are covered

Alberta legislators passed legislation early Tuesday that will give parents the option of pulling their children out of class when lessons on sex, religion or sexual orientation are being taught.

The Alberta legislature held a seven-hour debate on Bill 44 Monday night before it passed third and final reading about 1:30 a.m. MT Tuesday.

“People of Alberta are better off for it and we had the courage to actually bring it forward,” said Lindsay Blackett, the government minister responsible for the bill.

A clause in the bill, which is an amendment to the province’s human rights legislation, requires that school boards give parents written notice when controversial topics are going to be covered in the curriculum. Parents can then ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.

There will be no restrictions placed on casual classroom discussions that might arise about the topics.

The parental rights clause is included in a bill intended to enshrine gay rights in Alberta’s human rights code.

A clause in the bill, which is an amendment to the province’s human rights legislation, requires that school boards give parents written notice when controversial topics are going to be covered in the curriculum. Parents can then ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.

There will be no restrictions placed on casual classroom discussions that might arise about the topics.

The parental rights clause is included in a bill intended to enshrine gay rights in Alberta’s human rights code.

But the buried clause had drawn objections from teachers, schools boards and human rights groups, who argued Bill 44 makes it possible for parents to file human rights complaints against teachers and school districts, creating a chill with regard to what is taught in the classroom.

However, the changes reflect what the majority of Albertans want, said Rob Anderson, Conservative MLA for Airdrie-Chestermere.

“There are thousands and thousands of parents, the silent majority, severely normal Albertans that are extremely happy with this legislation, that believe it’s right to affirm the right of parents as being the primary educators of their children on these subjects,” Anderson said during the debate.

“And I think it’s a credit to this government that it has stood up for what is right on this matter despite the inevitable cries of foul that come from the opposition.”

Critics fought for clause to be scrapped

But Alberta Liberal house leader and Edmonton Centre MLA Laurie Blakeman dismissed the idea that the Conservative government has done anything courageous.

“It takes courage to write crappy legislation where you take something that belongs in the School Act and ram it into something that’s about human rights? That doesn’t take courage.”

Critics had argued the clause should be scrapped and the issue should be dealt with under the Schools Act rather than being enshrined as a human right.

A small group of gay rights activists held a rally outside the legislature in Edmonton to oppose the bill on Monday.

The government has said the effects of the legislation on the education system will be minimal and is meant to allow parents to be more involved in their children’s schooling.

Teachers’ union lawyers prepare to defend educators

Attention must now shift to making sure the legislation is implemented in the best possible way for teachers and schools, said Alberta School Boards Association President Heather Welwood.

“We want to nail down exactly what’s required for notification — when it’s required, exactly on what topics it’s required, how often, and we’ll be seeking our own legal advice … on that,” Welwood said.

Frank Bruseker, president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, said he’s advised the group’s lawyers to prepare to defend any teachers who are brought before the human rights tribunal.

“We’ll need to review curricula right across all subjects and all grades to see where there might be a minefield, if you will, that a teacher might step in and suddenly find themselves in deep trouble,” Bruseker said.

3 Replies to “Alberta passes law allowing parents to pull kids out of class”

  1. And what happens in a biology class where Darwin’s theory of evolution is part of the ciriculum or discussed?

    Can parents file a complaint or demand that the Discovery Institute explain Creationism in class? Will the locations of Alberta’s rich fossil beds be expunged from school maps? Will paleontology be made illegal?

    What are the implication of discussing geology or the age of the universe in class.

    The minds of many a litigation lawyer will be boggled.

  2. Seriously, to all the uber religious people out there give one good reason to pull your kids out of sex education religious education or education about sexuality. It’s basically brainwashing. Lets start with religious education, you can’t keep your kids in their protective ‘innocense bubble’ their whole lives. There is nothing wrong with being taught about other religions. Your kids are not being forced to convert to that religion, they are simply learning about it. It says nowhere in the bible or other holy book that other religions are harmfull and most religions encourage tolerance. If you cannot accept your kids being taught about other religions then 1 you are a biggot and 2 you are further encouraging the the stereotype of Christian/religious parents.

    Now lets talk about sex education.
    Abstinance only sex education is stupid because it basically consists of being told you shouldn’t have sex till your married, being lied to about condoms and STD rates and being forced to promise you won’t have sex.

    Sex education is an important thing to know. Because it tells you the truth about sex and what it is and helps you make informed decisions instead of being brainwashed.
    (the only downside is when your teacher puts the condom on the bannana. XD)

    lastly abstinance only sex education makes teenagers want to have sex for the same reason that teenagers start smoking, because they are not supposed to, on top of this it also encourages unsafe sex.

    Lastly there is nothing wrong with learning about homosexuality and lesbianism, it is supposed to be a sin to commit it, it is not a sin to learn about it. And condemning homosexuality equates to homophobia no matter why.

    Lastly there is no reason to pull your kids out of evolution classes.
    for starters non religious people have to learn about your theory in religious education so why shouldn’t it work the other way around. Also, there is no reason to be so closed minded to other peoples views.

    Lastly I believe that church and school should be kept seperate because religion should be a choice and it stops being a choice when you bring it into our schools.

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