Former Alberta Education Minister, David King, has put together a summary of why Alberta has a separate school system (both public and Catholic school districts) and whether the system can be changed. (Hint: yes, and other provinces have done it already.)
After the General Meeting portion on December 6, we’ll be discussing politics. It’s been on the to-do list for a while now for the SEA to send out candidate questionnaires during elections. With a provincial one on the horizon, now is a good time to get everyone’s input.
– What issues would you like us to ask candidates about?
– What issues do you think the SEA should be more actively involved in, and how should we go about doing that?
A sample list of questions can be found here.
Please keep in mind that the SEA has no intention of endorsing any particular party or candidate, but figuring out how they would address concerns that our members have, and taking positions on specific issues are within the SEA’s mandate.
Re: The Role of Religion in Secular Society. Recently one of our members responded to Margaret Somervile’s article which was published in the Edmonton Journal :
If you’ve paid any attention to the media over the last week — for instance, regarding whether the G8 “maternal and infant health initiative” should include abortion, or The Current’s and The National’s programs on CBC that focused on Marci McDonald’s new book, The Armageddon Factor, that raises alarm about the rise in political power and influence of the “Canadian religious right” — you’ll find this secularist truism espoused front, centre and behind the scenes: Religion and religious voices and views have no valid role to play in the public square. Indeed, many secularists are openly hostile to any such participation. But are they correct?” Read more of the letter
Letter to the Editor by Frank Friesacher Margaret Somerville has created a straw man (or rather, men and women, in this case): where are these secularists who argue that freedom from religion means that “religion has no valid role to play in forming our shared values and has no place in the public square?” This is certainly not the mainstream understanding of secularism, which predominantly focuses on the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and the right to freedom from the government imposition of religion upon the state.