Rejection of John Tory's questionable private school scheme continues

    The rejection of John Tory's questionable private school scheme continues
    across Ontario.

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ -

    No faith in Tory's plan

    "If John Tory has his way, he'll be sending our province's school system
down a potentially dangerous trail... And if we're going to keep religion in
our classrooms, rather than investing taxpayers dollars to further separate
students based on religion, instead, invest the money into educating our
students about religious tolerance and understanding other faiths."
    -   Timmins Daily Press, July 28, 2007

    Social inclusion is better than fragmentation

    "Social inclusion rather than fragmentation must guide our long-term view
of change... The provincial Conservatives' plan to fund faith-based schools is
a bad idea that takes us down a path that is contrary to a better society...

    "It is vastly better to use our resources for the benefit of the 2
million students in the public school system than to introduce funding for the
50,000 students in private schools.  Parents who wish to send their children
to private schools have every right to do so, but not at public expense."
    -   Michael Fullan, Toronto Star, Sep. 7, 2007

    Newcomers' integration: under threat

    "Mr. Tory justifies public funding for non-secular, faith-based schools
as an issue of fairness. After all, the Roman Catholics have it. This is
disingenuous, at best, and Mr. Tory should know better. His proposal, aimed at
gaining incremental votes in marginal ridings, is an exercise in cynicism. It
is not favourable for the progressive integration of our society."
    -   Tom Kierans, Chair of council and vice-president of the Social
        Sciences and Humanities  Council of Canada, Globe and Mail, Sep. 12,

    Ask the Religion Experts

    "...attempting to level the playing field by funding the schools of all
religions would in the long run be a step backward that may lead to a society
segregated along religious lines.

    "Cuts by the previous government harmed the public school system on just
about every quality indicator imaginable. Wouldn't it be better therefore to
use the promised (millions) to restore the multicultural public system rather
than spend it on funding exclusive faith based schools?
    Of course parents have a right to bring up their children exclusively,
but not at public expense!"
    -   Dr. Radhika Sekar, PhD, Religious Studies, Ottawa Citizen, Sep. 15,

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