No pub­lic money for teach­ing religion

RE: It’s time for one school sys­tem (July 13)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

Thanks to The Spec for pub­lish­ing news and let­ters stat­ing the time has ar­rived to im­ple­ment one school sys­tem in On­tario.

Re­li­gious teach­ing is not an ed­u­ca­tional re­quire­ment. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity for par­ents to freely choose the faith they wish to fol­low and com­mu­ni­cate to their fam­ily the val­ues of their choice.

Pub­lic dol­lars should not fund re­li­gious teach­ings. The cur­rent On­tario ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is fi­nan­cially un­af­ford­able, du­plic­i­tous and bla­tantly dis­crim­i­na­tory in On­tario’s mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety. The cur­rent ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem uses pub­lic dol­lars to fund one re­li­gious faith (Catholi­cism) to the ex­clu­sion of all other faiths.

In or­der to achieve teach­ing em­ploy­ment in the Catholic sys­tem, one must be Catholic.

The writer of the July 13, 2017 opin­ion piece has clearly and fac­tu­ally put forth a very strong case why a oneschool sys­tem is the way for­ward for On­tario’s stu­dent pop­u­la­tion — the right to choose a true ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in the lan­guage of their choice, French or English. This should be a must-read for all On­tario po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

A sin­gle school sys­tem will be a ma­jor is­sue in the 2018 On­tario pro­vin­cial elec­tion. The party that has the in­testi­nal for­ti­tude to ad­dress the change in the cur­rent ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem will be re­warded at the polls. Bill Thomp­son, An­caster

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