Dan­ger to stu­dents? That’s out­ra­geous

Calgary Herald - - EDITORIAL -

Re: “You can’t have one with­out the other,” Let­ter, Oct. 28.

Premier Rachel Not­ley ex­pressed out­rage at the Catholic school su­per­in­ten­dents’ re­quest to en­ter into dis­cus­sions around the word­ing of the new sex ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

“Catholic schools are com­mit­ted to hav­ing car­ing, safe en­vi­ron­ments,” says the su­per­in­ten­dents’ sub­mis­sion to the gov­ern­ment.

To at­tempt to paint this re­quest for fund­ing to study the new cur­ricu­lum, through a Catholic lens, as a dan­ger to stu­dents is out­ra­geous.

For well over 100 years, pub­licly funded Catholic ed­u­ca­tion has thrived in this province.

Catholic ed­u­ca­tors have al­ways fo­cused, with sen­si­tiv­ity, on the needs of all of their stu­dents. Is the premier’s out­rage merely dog-whistle pol­i­tics to un­fairly un­der­mine op­po­nents and dis­tract from other gov­ern­ment is­sues?

The safety and ed­u­ca­tion of our chil­dren is far too im­por­tant to use as a po­lit­i­cal weapon. Please, madame premier, set aside the pol­i­tics and work with the ed­u­ca­tors to best sup­port our stu­dents through un­der­stand­ing and co-op­er­a­tion. Mau­reen Emond, Calgary

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