No su­per­sti­tion in ed­u­ca­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: School sys­tems

Ac­tu­ally the sep­a­rate school ad­vo­cates need to ap­pre­ci­ate that it is not so much about get­ting rid of their sys­tem as much as it is about amal­ga­mat­ing and stream­lin­ing our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems to ben­e­fit ev­ery­one with all that is best within those sys­tems. No choice is be­ing taken away. You can worship at home, church, tem­ple, mosque or even worship in pub­lic, if you so wish.

At school not so much. Why? Be­cause schools are not places of worship and cer­tainly should never be con­sid­ered a place to pro­mote faith. Knowl­edge about all that we have learned from ev­i­dence and in­ves­ti­ga­tion is what a place of ed­u­ca­tion is for. Books of faith could be stud­ied as part of lit­er­a­ture but even here all faith books should be of­fered for study. Su­per­sti­tion and myth is al­lowed, at your plea­sure, but has no place in an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion. Think sec­u­lar so­ci­ety here. Keep it where it be­longs — in houses of worship not places of higher ed­u­ca­tion.

The most im­por­tant thing we can do for so­ci­ety is to ed­u­cate our chil­dren and in a per­fect world let them de­cide if faith is some­thing they wish to pur­sue when they have the knowl­edge to make that de­ci­sion on their own. Brad Wi­der­man, Stoney Creek

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