One school board yes, but make it Catholic

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Let­ters col­umn, July 19

I didn’t read Tom Ro­den’s ar­ti­cle on one pub­lic funded school sys­tem in On­tario. I did read the let­ters in The Spec’s July 19 edi­tion, and picked up the gist of Ro­den’s con­tent. Of course there should be just one pub­lic funded school sys­tem in On­tario — but which one? Aye, there’s the rub.

Over the years in sev­eral re­ports, the C.D. Howe In­sti­tute states that Catholic school test scores in On­tario are of­ten bet­ter than pub­lic schools, and I’m told Catholic schools have higher achieve­ment in sport over their pub­lic ri­vals.

Par­ents ex­pect and de­serve the best for their chil­dren from On­tario’s school sys­tem and, as the Catholic sys­tem has an aca­demic edge over On­tario’s pub­lic schools, why not con­sider em­brac­ing all On­tario schools un­der the canopy of the Catholic school struc­ture?

What psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age to On­tario youth would be­fall if a few prayers are mut­tered be­fore class? And all On­tario schools would dec­o­rate Christ­mas trees and sing car­ols dur­ing Yule­tide. What a lovely thought.

By the way, from our house­hold taxes, the al­lo­ca­tion to­ward ed­u­ca­tion goes to the pub­lic school sys­tem. Robert Boag, Dun­das

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