Covering the Republican convention last week and the Democratic convention this week I’ve talked about how the economy is THE issue, the big issue.
In our coverage of the Quebec election I talked about how the economy was the issue that Quebec’s leaders avoided despite that province lagging when it should be leading.
For conservative minded people it is almost always about the economy. Some parts of the conservative movement want it only to be about the economy and when election time comes they want people like me to shut up about all the cultural issues.
Abortion. Don’t mention it.
A radical school curriculum teaching our kids things most parents don’t want to know about. Don’t mention that.
Global warming. Don’t mention it.
They really do want the only conversation to be about the economy. Even during the times between election we’re told not to worry about any other issue. Don’t push it.
How does that work out for you? Does the other side ever stop pushing their issues?
Which means if our side shuts up then they win every time through sheer persistence. As I’ve said before, one day we will wake up and your kid’s math tests will ask the following question, “Khalid, a transgendered boy who was bullied for his gender fluidity wants to buy sun dresses for himself and his mother. Given that they are imported from a coal burning region of the USA, how much should the carbon tax on the dresses be?”
Think I’m crazy?
In British Columbia they are about to change the curriculum to put more emphasis on concepts and less emphasis on facts.
“A more flexible curriculum that prescribes less and enables more.”
You’ve heard about this before. Do they teach phonics in your local school? Our school does a bit of it but mostly focuses on what are called Word Wall Words and sight reading – you memorize words not how to sound them out.
Times tables. That’s a fact, that’s rote learning, that’s bad. Let’s teach kids how to learn, not what they should learn. More concepts, less facts.
You know if BC wants to go this route then maybe this story, which should outrage me and every single sane person, should actually be welcomed. Pole dancing lessons for five year-olds in BC. I mean I should be outraged at this but maybe this will be the only skill they learn that can get them a job under the new BC curriculum.
Of course when I raised concerns or you raised concerns about the over-sexualisation of our society and our children, we were told to shut up. Just to be clear, if you didn’t get my sarcastic tone – pole dancing for five year olds is a bad idea. A father’s job is to keep his daughter off the pole.
Who knows maybe one day there will be pole dancing lessons as part of the school curriculum, can’t be worse than what the co-parents in the school system already want to impose.
Did you also hear that there is another group that wants to be co-parents with you?
The folks at the Canadian Medical Association Journal want to take away the ability of parents to spank their children without prosecution of the law.
John Fletcher, editor of the journal, calls spanking bad parenting and writes.
“Parents need to be re-educated as to how to discipline their children.”
Fletcher is a doctor and academic who cites a flawed study that equates spanking and outright beating.
“To have a specific code excusing parents is to suggest that assault by a parent is a normal and accepted part of bringing up children. It is not.”
First off, no one supports beating and beating is not spanking whether John Fletcher understands that or not.
We’ve fought this battle before. We’ve won. Yet it keeps coming back. Why? Because the other side will not rest. This is why you cannot rest. This is why we need to ignore that part of the conservative movement that wants us all to sit down and shut up.
There is a culture war going on. We either engage or we lose.
And that’s the Byline.