Classroom Of Young Students
This effects us all–like it or not. And I try not to use this space and your time to rant about things but I’ve ’bout had it with people who are ingrates, who take gross advantage of the freedoms that the men and women of this great land have helped secure with their blood and guts. They left their families knowing that they may never see their kids grow up or see their daughters or sons marry. These were not marauders and plunderers who were invading others lands for gain and treasure. These were not the dregs of society who deserved whatever fate awaited them. These were decent human beings who fought for the rights of others. But for that reason–the right to free speech–I can’t take umbrage with those who asked that the Remembrance Day stories not be read to their children. I think that it was a classless thing to do but I would defend their right to ask.
NO. My beef is with the spineless little bureaucrats who decided that pleasing one parent in the name of being inclusive actually gave in to the request. In a PEI classroom a librarian had been told that she could not share or read any Remembrance Day stories to the Grade 1 students of a visiting class. The request was made by parents of a Jehovah Witness family and since JW’s don’t support any kind of war effort the request was honored by the powers that be. Lets say there were 25 kids in the class. How does denying the opportunity for 24 kids to hear Remembrance Day stories about our heroes–those who gave their lives and limbs, selflessly, add up to inclusiveness?? The only thing they were included in was the experience of NOT hearing the stories. I’m thinking that those numbers don’t add up well. Just so I’m clear here. None of the 25 were to hear any of the stories. Doesn’t that add up to 0%. Perhaps some remedial classes in math are needed in the Department of Tourism and Culture in PEI. And how does the Department of Tourism and Culture make the decision anyway. I would have thought that the Department (Ministry?) of Education would make the call about what happens in the classroom. To think that the wish of one parent could determine the outcome for many is not only abhorrent to me but it is dangerous. What about the wishes of the 24 kids parents’ to hear the stories because they are considered to be an integral part of their childrens understanding of how this country sees it role in the world. And what of democracy? Don’t the wishes of the majority have any juice anymore? This is kind of senseless adherence to political correctness is happening far too often and it needs to be stopped before there will be nothing left for us to cheer about. (I’m almost done)
In their infinite wisdom this distinguished group of morons missed a marvellous learning opportunity that was handed to them on a great silver platter. The teacher could have spent time talking about tolerance and acceptance and how we need to be OK with not always getting our own way. Sometimes it’s OK to walk away from a situation rather than demand certain things happen because you want them to and because what is OK for most may not be OK with you. This dissenting family could have just as easily kept their child home that day or had him/her leave the classroom during the Remembrance Day activities but oh no they had to have it THEIR way and others and their wishes or rights be damned.
I’m really tired of hearing stories of self absorbed people who feel that they are more important than the rest of us and more tired of hearing and watching our fearless leaders grant the religious and political accommodations that we Canadians have extended to our new citizens. It is no wonder that fewer Canadians want to vote–they are thinking the same as I am–what’s the point. They don’t listen anyway.
I’m not trying to recruit people over to my side of things but if you don’t have any feelings one way or the other about this incident then I’m wondering if you have a pulse.
As for PEI–you should be ashamed of yourselves for pandering to the few. By the way that spin about being inclusive–there is a saying to cover that: “That dog just doesn’t hunt anymore” meaning–Bull—-.
Anyways, that’s how I see it–Jim
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