Friday, November 10, 2006

Teach about sex education and evolution or close, Quebec evangelical schools told

The Quebec ministry of education has told unlicensed Christian evangelical schools that they must teach Darwin's theory of evolution and sex education or close their doors after an Outaouais school board complained the provincial curriculum wasn't being followed.


This is great progress that scientific ideas are assured in classrooms. I can imagine the droves of theists trying to say, "How is this different than forcing God in classrooms?" Well, my idea on the matter is that the ideas and theories that require the least amount of "just take our word for it"/"faith" are the ones that should be taught in classrooms.


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12 comments:

Allyson said...

On the one hand, I'm glad that the Quebec government is insisting that all children are being required to experience worldviews other than their own. On the other hand, though, it does seem to be a choice that should be left up to parents. I mean, Ohio does not require Amish schools to teach secular theories such as evolution, and I'm glad they don't, because I respect the Amish way of life.

Anonymous said...

I tend to side with Dawkins that refusing to teach children useful and evidentially supported concepts on any basis, especially religious, is tantamount to child abuse. Think about it: refusing to teach them evolution and sex education is hobbling them intellectually. I think that people should be free to choose their way of life and what they believe in. I do not believe they should be free to restrict a child's education because some facts are not convenient to their world view.

Anonymous said...

As a christian who does not believe in evolution and have even done presentations on Evolution vs Creation, I'm not worried about this at all. Most Christian schools already teach basics of evolution alongside the Creation teachings.
Of course it's up to parents and the children themselves to choose which path they wish to believe. For those who think Evolution is a viable theory I recommend the following video's. These are quite humorous and even a fifth grader can easily understand them, and even put their teachers to the test!
Free Online video
www.drdino.com Just go to the download section to watch them for free.

Anonymous said...

"I tend to side with Dawkins that refusing to teach children useful and evidentially supported concepts on any basis, especially religious, is tantamount to child abuse. Think about it: refusing to teach them evolution and sex education is hobbling them intellectually. I think that people should be free to choose their way of life and what they believe in. I do not believe they should be free to restrict a child's education because some facts are not convenient to their world view."

Wow I coudlnt have said it better myself.

Anonymous said...

Progress? Shame on you. It's not progress if "unlicensed Christian evangelical schools" are forced to adhere to the same curriculum as public schools. If the schools are private and not funded with taxpayer money, they should not be beholden to provincial rules on what subjects must be taught. I say this as someone who believes the theory of evolution.

Anonymous said...

I always think it's hilarious when theists try to argue that requiring scientific theories to be taught is somehow equivalent to teaching religion. The only thing they and most people forget is that the former is based on objective data and the latter is just fiction. It's the equivalent of trying to say that the idea that the evil lord Xenu flew people to the Earth via nuclear powered DC8s is the same as the "theory" of gravity. It's absolutely absurd.

monsteR said...

http://www.drdino.com/articles.php?spec=20

How ridiculously stupid.

JR said...

Private schools should be allowed to teach whatever they want to. It’s not my money. Who Cares? Public schools on the other hand are funded with my money (taxes). They should teach ALL ideas. Let the kids decide what they want to believe. If they want to believe that God created everything, great. If they want to believe that we came from monkeys, I will disagree with them but it is there call. Schools don't have to teach just one or the other as some people will tell you.

skeptic said...

Kids should be broadly taught about religion and left to make their own choices, not brainwashed.

The real Dr Dino, currently in prison.

Anonymous said...

Private schools should be allowed to teach whatever they want to. It’s not my money. Who Cares? Public schools on the other hand are funded with my money (taxes).

WRONG!

Private schools in Quebec are also funded by government. Only in this case, the parents pay a little bit more money for schools fees and the school board is private, but most of the money come from public fundings. It is true for private schools, private colleges and private universities as well.

anomalous4 said...

From the Pensacola News-Journal article:

"There's a difference between wrong and committing a crime," [Kent Hovind's attorney, Alan] Richey said in his closing argument. "You can do all the wrong things you want and still not commit a crime."

Uhhhhhh.........yeah. So - even in the absence of a "crime" - how does a supposed "minister of the Gospel" (or his shyster lawyer) justify doing wrong? They never taught us that in Sunday school! I smell a whole nest of rats.

Alexandre said...

In Quebec, all schools are publicly funded. Privates schools receive 60% of their budget from provincial taxes and public schools recieve 100%. In Québec, the public primary education which is ranked third worldwide (after finland and singapoure - this includes private institutions as well). There is no need to start private school on the grounds that the public education is so bad that you wouldn't want to affect adversely your kids. The whole concept of Québec's education is to expose the student to the greatest variety of subjects available.

So, the only reason that a parent would want to pay extra money to send its children to a private school would be his objections to this open and general education. And there-in lies the problem. A lot of people (the 2/3 of our political leaders) would wish to have all confessionnal private schools banned from québec and it's very cedible that it will happen whitin 4 years.