Re­li­gion should be in school cur­ricu­lum

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: School boards

When I read ‘No pub­lic money for teach­ing re­li­gion’ (July 22), I had to read July 13’s ‘It’s time for one school sys­tem’ to find what ba­sis the writer could have for say­ing there should be no sep­a­rate school sys­tem. The July 13 ar­ti­cle stated: “There is a Catholic school in Grimsby that draws from all three towns. There are enough sec­ondary stu­dents in each town to have a vi­able sec­ondary school in each town if there were no sep­a­rate school sys­tem or if the sep­a­rate sys­tem were will­ing to share fa­cil­i­ties.”

It is in­ter­est­ing that the Catholic school draws stu­dents from all three towns. As a Catholic my­self, as well as many oth­ers, we choose to di­rect our por­tion of ed­u­ca­tion taxes to sup­port the Catholic sys­tem. Stu­dents who at­tend Catholic schools, Catholic and non-Catholic, do so by choice. So now, your so­lu­tion is to take away our right to sup­port the Catholic sys­tem that works? How does that make sense?

Can the pub­lic schools an­swer ques­tions such as who are we, why do we ex­ist, what is our es­sen­tial na­ture, etc.? Stu­dents, to­day, will ask those ques­tions. Those an­swers are found in our Catholic re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion. Ed­u­ca­tion with­out our re­li­gious teach­ing will sim­ply not be enough. Karen Mul­rooney, Burling­ton

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