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Social Planning in Education: Possible Newspaper Editorial

Section 16 is not solely an issue for home educators.   Imposing Human Rights Tribunal rulings on all schools will affect every child in Alberta.  If people knew the implications for their children, many would be very disturbed.  Attached is a letter which you may use to send to your local newspaper advising all people of how this legislation can affect them.  You may copy and paste the portions or entire document to send to your local newspaper as an editorial.  This is an issue for every Albertan.
Social Planning in Education
Our Alberta government has tabled Bill 2 Education Act which contains a section which could directly influence the content of materials taught in every school in Alberta. Up until now,  media coverage has focussed on the impact to Home Educators, but the impact it can have on all Alberta Schools is very real and significant. Section 16 of the Act states that
All courses or programs of study offered and instructional materials used in a school must reflect the diverse nature and heritage of society in Alberta, promote understanding and respect for others and honour and respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Human Rights Act.”
What this means is that all decisions made by Alberta Human Rights Tribunals will be infused into all programs of study in schools. Typically the Alberta Human Rights Tribunals have made decisions inconsistent with the common values of Alberta, but if this legislation passes, these values will be required to be taught to every student in every course and program of study. The National Post article Father Raymond J. de Souza: Alberta brings totalitarianism to the classroom dated March 8, 2012 stated "Ill winds are blowing across the land when it comes to parental rights, religious liberty and education policy."


Bill 2 proposes changes in the preamble which reflect the Alberta Government’s diminishing consideration to the role parents have in their children’s education.  The rights of parents has been moved in position from number 2 to number 8 in it’s importance and now states that parents must be informed before they can make decisions.
If you don’t think that your child or your family could be affected or that a government in Canada will not wield such an intrusive hand, you need only to read news articles from around Candada in the past two weeks.  In Ontario, a father was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm, strip searched and had investigators ‘walk through’ his home because his 4 year old daughter drew a picture of a man with a gun in her school.  The response from the School district superintendant when questioned: "We do work hand-in-hand with these families because we co-parent, so we hope that we could move forward." Schools are assuming they now have the rights equal to a parent.
The second shows how our Supreme Court of Canada is assisting Departments of Education in forcing parents to have their children attend programs of religious study which they are opposed to. Programming which lasts 11 years and teaches children that all religions are equal and goes as far as asking students to create their own religion is not an option for any Quebec family.  The UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26(3) states “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”  The Supreme Court of Canada ruled contratry to this.
If passed, Bill 2 Education Act will give law to social engineering designed by the Alberta Human Rights tribunal rulings.
There is approximately 1-2 weeks left to affect change before this Bill passes and becomes law. Call Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk at (780) 427-5010 , the Premier’s office at 780-427-2251 (toll free call 310-0000) and your MLA ( Click here for contact information for your MLA.) Ask to have Section 16 changed back to the wording in the current School Act and tell them which school your child goes to or which type of education you support (private, public, etc)
Please call.

Patty Marler on Rutherford today

Dave Rutherford is doing a segment on the radio on homeschooling and the Education Act this Wednesday morning (March 7) from 10:00 - 11:30 AM. His show is on AM and can be tuned in on two stations:
Calgary: CHQR 770 AM
Edmonton: CHED 630 AM

(Updating this to add:

If you are interested in listening to Patty Marler's interview with Dave Rutherford, it is in the archives of the CHQR webpage -


From that link, scroll down a little to the date and time fields. Choose the date (March 7, 2012), and the 10 am clip. It starts with the 10 am news, and then Dave Rutherford has quite a lengthy discussion with Patty. This will only be available for 14 days, so if you missed the live broadcast you do still have a bit of time listen to the interview and the phone calls that followed. (Paul van den Bosch is the second caller, by the way.)  {jcomments off}

Where Do We Go From Here?

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the Minister of Education, Thomas Lukaszuk understood the depth or breadth of the implications of s.16. Immediately after the rally Mr. Lukaszuk tweeted: “Attended a rally put on by some home schoolers who protest against human rights in education.”

It is extremely disappointing that Mr. Lukaszuk continues to misunderstand, misinterpret or misrepresent what we are saying. It is Alberta Human Rights laws imposed in every component of our education and in our homes that we oppose. Alberta Human Rights Legislation was never intended to be used that way.

In actuality, the starting gate gun has just been shot. As of today, we are running the race for our freedom. Our voice has finally been heard and there is concerted opposition. If our efforts die off now, the government will be convinced that they finally made us understand that we have nothing to worry about.

They are wrong.



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