Thursday, September 13, 2007
I have been absent for a long time and have come back at the start of the Ontario election. The first thing I noticed was John Tory's plan to fund religious private schools. This fragmentation of society utlizing the School system is unacceptable. The public school system is excellent. Local schools provide a hub for all members or a community. Schools draw the diverse members of a community together in a common venue. This builds understanding and tolerance across the cultural and religious groups that make up a community. To fund private religious school will not enhance our understanding and respect for each other. Fragmenting society into isolated religious groups will provide the potential to foster mistrust and prjudice. It will draw resources away for the current system. Religious schools are free to function now and parents choose to do that. But pubic funds should not be used to this end.