Canada: Former education minister attempts to end ‘faith’ school segregation
EDMONTON – A petition was launched by Alberta’s former education minister Wednesday that calls for the Roman Catholic and Protestant separate schools to be abolished.
Written by ex-minister David King, the petition asks Albertans to decide whether such schools should exist when many religions go unrepresented within Alberta education.
“The Government of Alberta is in the process of updating our education laws for the 21st century,” King said.
“It’s important for Albertans to ask each other whether separate-but-equal schools for only two of many religious denominations belong in 21st century Alberta.”
Separate schools don’t just shut out students — they also deny learners of inclusion and diversity, said King.
“We should have children of different faiths and cultures learning together in the same schools,” he said.