Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kids are (going to be) dumb

Okay, taking off the goofy bastard gloves for a minute...

Alberta is trying to pass a new law that allows parents to opt their kids out of certain classes in public school.

This is wrong on many levels.

Just because you decided to trust your favourite holy book (or, in the worst case scenario, white supremacist literature) instead of reality doesn't mean you get special treatment in public school. Want your kid to grow up just like you? Don't send 'em to public school. Public school is where they are exposed to public education, remember. If you decide your kid would be better off not knowing the basics of the world, you have other options. This whole thing is unnecessary and idiotic.

Plus, I mean, how many kids are going to use this just to get out of class? If they're both lazy AND smart, they're going to exploit the hell out of this. Them kids are tricksy.

I also don't like the fact that this was hidden in a bill that also (finally) adds sexual orientation to their human rights statute. That's just cheating tactics, and I've been noticing it a lot lately in new bills in Canada. This is the same way the feds got that bill that lets them decide which film projects 'contribute to Canadian culture' (Read: dumbed down shit) and get vital funding.

So yeah, my hopes are Albertans realize what a bad idea this is and force their reps to drop it before it causes out the wazoo.

Smarter people talk about it.

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