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Teach Your Children Well

The future as a truism and a cliché

Paperback, 87 pages

It is both a truism and a cliché that children are the future. Where that future will be shaped is in the classroom.

In Canada, with the Province of Québec leading the way, a secular public school education is being sacrificed to accommodate a religion which considers schooling where its revealed scriptures are not given precedence as blasphemous.

Can two incompatible value systems be accommodated within the public school system and the inevitable clash between reason and unreason avoided?

Will the politics of accommodation lead to peaceful co-existence, or simply allow Islam to recruit in a place that was previously off limits?

Teach Your Children Well looks at the long term implications of reintroducing the teaching of religion in the public school system, and the granting of exceptions to the general curriculum for religious reasons, using the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on Reasonable Accommodation and the report of the Advisory Committee on Integration and Reasonable Accommodation in the Schools (2007) as a starting point.

 

Contents

Foreword - Children Under Siege

God in the Canadian Charter of Rights

The First Accommodation

A Truism and a Cliché

What Were They Thinking?

Afterword - For Adults Only

 

A Muslim-Canadian writer on how to resist the assaults on a secular public education:

"Just say no [to demands for exemptions], and remember, that when someone steps on your toes, it is not you who should apologize."