Freedom of choice in schools
by Jerry Agar
Last week, a former Toronto District School Board student trustee held a meeting to consider a public high school for gay kids.
This is a terrific idea for freedom loving Canadians.
The Sun’s Joe Warmington reported the school would be, “one where the students, faculty and administration are all exclusively gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender.” Dr. Charles McVety of Canada Christian College told Warmington, “It’s segregation and an appalling waste of taxpayers’ money.” Pastor, relax. Surely you wouldn’t want people saying the same thing when a student attends a religious school with taxpayer-funded student assistance.
School choice is something the leaders of religious schools should favour.
Getting most people to go along with actual school choice — a voucher system where public dollars follow the child to whatever public or private school the parents and the child choose — is difficult enough. Getting politicians, edu-crats and union leaders to give up their dictatorial power over education isn’t going to be easy.
But we can do it if we infiltrate their territory — the arena of political correctness and the ideology of victimhood.
It’s what led to the formation of an Africentric school.
The idea was that young blacks, males especially, are in crisis; victims of society. They are not staying in school, they form criminal street gangs and eventually end up dead or in prison.
It is a worthy experiment. Schools should be about the students as opposed to what works for the system.
Unfortunately the Africentric high school opened this year with just 6 students.
Perhaps parents weren’t aware of the program and if the founders hang in there it will eventually succeed.
But if they don’t attract students it will soon cease to exist, as it should.
Let’s try new things, keeping the good, throwing out the bad.
The marketplace will work it out. The current public school system stifles the valuable lessons of success and failure that the marketplace teaches.
As in business or baseball, if you don’t step up and fail, you will never build a successful enterprise or hit a home run.
The pointy-headed edu-crats who gave us the firing of a teacher for giving a zero grade for zero work in Edmonton, the strip searching of a man whose daughter drew a picture of a gun, or the speech codes in Durham district that said it was offensive to use the words husband and wife, are not the people who will come up with new and innovative ideas.
Seriously, could a gay school be worse than that?
Bold new ideas are held back by the shackles of the dull, plodding, monolithic, one-size-fits-all system we have now.
Brilliance springs forth from experimentation striving toward the bright light of possibility.
Unions only want more money and bureaucrats love the easy status quo. Entrepreneurs spring out of bed every morning after a few hours of sleep and run all day long toward possible success.
If you would allow school choice, then you believe in people.
One left-wing councillor is against school choice. Is he homophobic? Racist? I hope not. (See how we can turn the ridiculous arguments of the left against them?)
Now that we have Africentric and perhaps gay schools, how much easier will it be to have other types of school choice?
Gay pride for freedom.
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