Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Michael Coren

9/16/2012 (2 years ago)

The Interim (www.theinterim.com/)

Give the money back to the parents and to the taxpayers, and let them decide where they want to send their children

I suppose I'm old-fashioned. I thought teachers were supposed to teach, to make sure young people could read and write, do math, know some history and geography, perhaps some economics, and certainly some science. I don't think media studies is a real subject, and sociology should only be a graduate level course. But this is nothing compared to what is going on today in many school boards, where legions of toxins are being injected into the bloodstream of the body politic; and in particular we need to monitor the Toronto District School Board's obvious and sinister war against the family.

Michael Coren, Journalist for Life

Michael Coren, Journalist for Life

Highlights

By Michael Coren

The Interim (www.theinterim.com/)

9/16/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: education, parents, gender, sexual orientation, parental rights, Michael Coren


TORONTO, ON, Canada (The Interim) - I suppose I'm old-fashioned. I thought teachers were supposed to teach, to make sure young people could read and write, do math, know some history and geography, perhaps some economics, and certainly some science. I don't think media studies is a real subject, and sociology should only be a graduate level course. But this is nothing compared to what is going on today in many school boards, where legions of toxins are being injected into the bloodstream of the body politic; and in particular we need to monitor the Toronto District School Board's obvious and sinister war against the family.

Some of you may remember the board's trash publication entitled Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism, which I and others wrote about earlier this year. Well, it gets even worse. The board has now posed the rhetorical question - "Should Schools Send Notes Or Permission Slips Home Before Starting Any Classroom Work About Curricular Issues That May Involve Discussions About Discrimination and Harassment?" Don't forget, this is very extreme and incredibly one-sided stuff, and parents are the ones who raise children. For goodness sake, they are the parents and these are their children.

The answer, however, is chilling. "No. The TDSB Equity Foundation Statement and Commitments to Equity Policy Implementation states that each school has a responsibly to education that reflects the diversity of its students and their life experiences. Singling out one group or topic area as too controversial, and depending upon parent/guardian/caregiver discretion, shifts this responsibility from the school to the parents/ guardians/caregivers and fosters a poisoned environment contrary to the TDSB Human Rights Policy."

So, there we have it. The board then demonstrates an utter contempt for mothers and fathers - they're not caregivers - that is positively breathtaking. "What Is Gender Equity Education? The TDSB is committed to supporting all students. Studies show that families begin to treat their children differently, based on gender, almost from the moment of birth. Educators are influential through their approach toward raising students' awareness of gender stereotypes and barriers at a very early stage in children's education. Together, educators and students can move from awareness to understanding, and from understanding to eliminating gender barriers wherever they may be found."

And the barriers, that are apparently causing so much pain and destruction, and lead to war and tears and, for all we know, bad food and even, God forbid, missed episodes of Modern Family and Glee, are to be found in - yes, you guessed it - the family. The family, those poor fools who are paying such high taxes so that empty-headed extremists can try to indoctrinate their children with vile and bitter propaganda. "Gender is a primary regulator of classroom social interactions. Children actively take up what they have learned about gender roles from parents/guardians/caregivers, television, religion, etc., and use this often contradictory information to control each other's behaviours."

Did you also notice the other repugnant influences? Religion of course. Mum, dad, and church are bad; radical homosexual nut bars and their extremism are all good. It's self-evident that there are myriad good teachers, and many good schools. But good teachers and good schools will always exist, whatever the system, and what we now know is that it is this particular system - the public one - that is the root of the problem.

The answer is radical but simple. Scrap public education. Give the money back to the parents and to the taxpayers, and let them decide where they want to send their children. If there is enough support for a gender free, sexually manipulative circus high school, then so be it. If these schools, or gay schools, black schools, fat schools, attract enough support, they should be allowed to exist and even flourish. But we know they won't. The ones that will succeed and grow will be those that insist on firm, traditional, and orthodox values and virtues, and it is this that so terrifies radical teachers and their socialist union leaders.

They're our children, not theirs; it's our money, not theirs; they're our schools, not theirs. I am utterly convinced that it is too late to take back the public system - in its secular or Roman Catholic form - and the only way forward is to allow some fort of charter system where we give freedom to choose and freedom to learn. I am, I suppose, pro-choice. Isn't that a good thing?

-----

Michael Coren's new book is Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread about Christianity. He can be booked for speeches at www.michaelcoren.com.

---

The Interim is Canada’s life and family issues newspaper. Since it was founded in 1983, The Interim has provided honest reporting and insightful commentary on abortion, euthanasia, bioethics, family values and marriage.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney hold summit meeting: Are they plotting election strategy? Watch

Image of There have been stories in a number of outlets that Jeb Bush proposed the meeting weeks ago, in order to thank Mitt Romney for his past party leadership.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former governors Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are having a summit meeting. The meeting will be in Utah. Speculation swirls about what the meeting will entail. Some GOP party officials hope "the two former governors will find a way to avoid competing presidential campaigns ... continue reading


An average of 27 late-term abortions happen every day in the United States; the bill to protect the unborn from this cruel pain was dramatically dropped by the GOP Watch

Image of 10,000 babies are killed each year through late-term abortions.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An estimated 10,000 unborn babies are killed each year through late-term abortions. This averages out to 27.4 abortions taking place 20 weeks or later per day or 1.14 per hour, according to the Congressional Budget Office. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Pain ... continue reading


Father Frank Pavone on Pope Francis, Politics, and Catholic Social teaching Watch

Image of Fr Frank Pavone - Fidelity to the Gospel requires that we be able to prophetically challenge the positions of all political parties, and that our loyalty to Christ and his teaching supersedes our loyalty to any political party, although such loyalties are not per se incompatible with being a Christian.

By Matt C. Abbott

It remains true that the right to life is the most fundamental right and that the duty to defend it is a more urgent priority than other social justice priorities. But to what extent that fact helps or hurts a political party depends upon the party, and his ... continue reading


President Obama fiercely hits the country with proposed $320 billion tax hike, explained in his annual State of the Union Watch

Image of Obama plans on spending his remaining two years in office helping the middle class experience the prosperity of the recovery.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Two years before President Obama's departure, he has vowed to spend his remaining time "playing offense." In his annual State of the Union, Obama will address his proposal to increase tax hikes on America's "one percent." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Parts ... continue reading


Attorney General Eric Holder denounced as 'coward' and 'hypocrite' by former FBI agent Watch

Image of A former FBI agent says that Attorney General Eric Holder has used the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former FBI agent K. Dee McCown, who left the agency in 2008, has written a strong letter to Attorney General Eric Holder where McKown denounces Holder as a "coward" and a "hypocrite." McCown says he was compelled to write after the shooting deaths of two New ... continue reading


President Christie? New Jersey governor builds PAC for 2016 run Watch

Image of New Jersey Governor Christ Christie is likely seeking to run for president in 2016, setting up a political action committee that may be up and running as soon as February.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's actions have already made it abundantly clear that he intends to run for president in 2016, but the most recent sign from the Republican should silence all deniers. Christie is organizing a political action committee which ... continue reading


Romney gears up: Campaign staff mobilizes as 2016 presidential election approaches Watch

Image of Mitt Romney is making noises that hint strongly to a bid for president in 2016, entering a ring that is filled with numerous, divisive Republican candidates.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Despite numerous polls showing that he had backing from the majority of Republicans and conservatives and requests from several high profile Republicans, Mitt Romney spent all of 2014 claiming that he was not considering running for president a third time in ... continue reading


Where's Obama?: Top leaders of the world march together in Paris to stand up against terrorism, U.S. leaders skip out Watch

Image of High profile officials from the United States did not attend the historic march on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 in Paris.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Heads of states from around the world put their differences aside and came together in Paris to denounce terrorism and the recent terrorist attacks. More than 40 top leaders walked side-by-side during this historical march. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The ... continue reading


Obamacare Report: Health premiums will soar, coverage pulled from millions Watch

Image of Citing the law's wording, the case, called King v. Burwell, is scheduled for arguments on March 4. A ruling is due by the end of June.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

More and more, Obamacare is just another bad idea. Case in point: A Supreme Court ruling has struck down federal subsidies for health insurance. This will remove coverage from millions of people who currently have it. According to two new reports issued last ... continue reading


Two years of tuition-free community college? President thinks it's a good plan Watch

Image of President Obama, alongside Vice President Joe Biden and second lady Jill Biden, will tout his proposal dubbed

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's an idea that's been adapted by Germany - and now U.S. President Barack Obama wants to give college students two free years of community college. While this would inspire millions to pursue higher education, the plan would have to pass many several hurdles ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to Jonah a second ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
4 DIRECT me in your ways, Yahweh, and teach me your ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 1:14-20
14 After John had been arrested, Jesus went into ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 7:29-31
29 What I mean, brothers, is that the time has become ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 25th, 2015 Image

St. Peter Thomas
January 25: Carmelite Latinpatriarch and papal legate. Peter was born in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter