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Issue 6 | Thursday, April 19, 2018

Connecting the dots across
13 education systems

Church vs. State: Debating the role of religious beliefs in public education

Repealing sex-ed, pitting religious beliefs against knowledge on human development

Followers of Ontario’s politics will note that the debate over sex-ed has rehashed: controversial 2015 revisions to the curriculum for elementary and secondary students under current Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne. With provincial elections set for June, and the recent election of Doug Ford as leader of the Progressive Conservative (PC) party – who has vowed to repeal these revisions – Ontario’s schools may see a shift toward sex-ed lessons that no longer introduce the concept of gender identity and sexual orientation in the third grade, as well as sexting, contraception, consent, and optional prompts about anal and oral sex in middle school.
The Beaverton on Church vs. State: Debating the role of religious beliefs in public education

Former PC leadership race opponent Tanya Granic Allen had also vowed to repeal the revisions, citing the curriculum as the impetus for low test scores. Granic Allen is now seeking party nomination for the new riding of Mississauga Centre, amid controversial posts she made on social media about Muslims and gays. Premier Wynne has criticized PC Leader Ford, who has benefitted from the support of Granic Allen’s backers since her unsuccessful run for PC leadership, for not having barred her from the nominations race.

Putting Porn on the Curriculum

“I was told that I didn’t need sexual health education”: women reflect on their experiences with sex-ed

Amid these debates and similar developments having taken place in Alberta, Flare Magazine published an article last week where six Canadian women between the ages of 23 to 32 discuss how their experiences with sex-ed had created negative emotions, fear, and had ill-equipped them for real-life experiences.

“Secularism is not neutral”: Alberta panel discussion on religion in public schools underscores role of “religious literacy” in combating discrimination and violence

A First Nations Knowledge Keeper, a rabbi, an Ismaili Muslim, a Sunni Muslim, and an Anglican Minister convened at The King’s University in Edmonton to discuss the role that an academic and critical study of religions, rather than a theological one, could play in teaching students to disagree peacefully on complex matters. The event was held in view of a research paper published by King’s, Edmonton Catholic School Board, and the University of Alberta, with 2010 EdCan Network Pat Clifford Award winner Carla L. Peck as co-author.

The Pat Clifford Award: Call for Applications

Ontario Ministry of Ed. questions Halton Catholic fundraising policy

This past January, the Board of Trustees of Ontario’s Halton Catholic District School Board passed a motion that outlines the types of organizations and initiatives its schools can support through fundraising and donations, including organizations that directly or indirectly support abortion, contraception, sterilization, euthanasia or embryonic stem cell research. Ontario education minister Indira Naidoo-Harris sent a letter to the Board last Wednesday, calling for a rethink and greater consultation with parents and community, after citing having received numerous complaints.


Campaign Life Coalition on Ontario Ministry of Ed. questions Halton Catholic fundraising policyCaroline Alphonso on Ontario Ministry of Ed. questions Halton Catholic fundraising policy

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Maritime parents take matters into their own hands: ensuring children with autism are supported in schools


“For parents we’re really struggling and we’re fighting the district and advocating for our kids”: Inside out shirt days, transition programs, and network building to support children on the autism spectrum

The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is kicking off its annual “Inside Out for Autism” campaign, which seeks to raise funds and awareness around the barriers that people on the autism spectrum face in education, community, in professions, and elsewhere. The idea sprouted from a P.E.I. mother who turned her child’s shirt inside out to prevent the shirt’s tag from bothering him, and many children with autism suffer from sensory sensitivity. In Sackville, New Brunswick, the Open Sky Cooperative charity and mentoring program was also recently showcased, which provides residency and drop-in sessions for people on the autism spectrum, with the goal of bridging gaps in the transition from high school to university. In Richmond, B.C., a board member of the Pacific Autism Family Network is rallying together parents who have children with special needs to create a network of support and resource sharing. The federal government has committed $10.9 million to create the Autism Intellectual Development Disabilities National Resource and Exchange Network (AIDE).

#insideoutforautism @AutismSocietyNL @OpenSkyCoop

« Les gens demandent que ça cesse, ces frais »


Les commissions scolaires québécoises visées par une action collective, une facture de laquelle s’achève jusqu’à 200 millions de dollars.

Les commissions scolaires du Québec ont rejeté une offre de règlement la semaine dernière soumis dans le cadre d’une action collective lancée de la part de Daisye Marci, une mère de Saguenay, en 2013. L’action collective vise 68 des 72 commissions scolaires de la province et fait appel au remboursement de 150 à 200 millions de dollars, soit 100 $ par élève, pour des frais des sorties éducatives et du matériel scolaire facturés aux parents depuis 2009. Contrairement à la Loi sur l’instruction publique, qui précise la gratuité des manuels scolaires et du matériel didactique, ce recours soutient que les parents ont été facturés illégalement. Le ministre de l’Éducation, Sébastien Proulx, a ajouté sa voix à la dispute, faisant appel aux deux côtés à négocier et en précisant que son gouvernement vise à encadrer la gratuité scolaire d’ici la fin de l’année scolaire.

#assnat #polqc



Cannabis et prévention : « L’objectif, c’est de leur faire prendre conscience des risques qu’ils encourent en consommant »

Afin de répondre à l’évolution vers la légalisation du cannabis au niveau pancanadien, y compris les préoccupations exprimés par les équipes scolaires quant à ceci, la Fondation Jean Lapointe est en pleine préparation pour le lancement d’un programme visant à prévenir des risques liées à la consommation du cannabis, de l’alcool et d’autres substances auprès des jeunes dans une école québécoise.

@FondationJL #prevention  #Cannabis #addictions #JournéeMondialeDeLaSanté  

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Alberta Education minister scolds school board for threatening kindergarten cuts (CBC News) [Alberta]

Supply teacher shortage wreaks havoc in schools across Ontario (The Toronto Star) [Ontario]

Ontario Liberals discussing more payouts to teachers’ unions not part of 2012 court ruling  (The Globe and Mail) [Ontario]

Ontario Government pledges $1 million to digital literacy pilot project (MobileSyrup) [Ontario]

Ontario Liberals paid English Catholic teachers’ union $31-million as part of settlement for wage increase delays (The Globe and Mail) [Ontario]

 Education minister promises more resources for teachers (The Packet) [Newfoundland and Labrador]

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