Ontario is debating whether to further spend our tremendous budget surplus on doing the same thing umpteen times, i.e. teach kids that 1+1=3 (or however many you want it to be – at any point in time – if you’re an accountant, or statistician, or politician, or Conrad Black). Because we can’t figure out a way to take a bunch of kids, put them in the same school, teach them all the same common subjects, and give them the option to take some specialized subjects based on their interests or preferences. That’s a highly sophisticated concept of “electives” that hasn’t made its way to the education system yet. Oh wait… unless you’re opting to study in French. In which case you’ll get triple the funding and honorary citizenship of Quebec.
Of course offering electives does not address the core problem: why in God’s name would we want to teach our kids ANYTHING about that social pariah of subjects… the R-rated word… “religion” (shudder!!)? They should grow up knowing less than a common snail in Pakistan what the whole fuss is all about, or what are all the glorious reasons each faith (and its remotely visible followers) should be avoided like the plague. Ignorance and avoidance are the mature approaches to resolving social segregation.
IMHO, a politician in this time and space would have an easier win if s/he fought for “workplace safety regulations” for prostitution (a legal profession in Canada, mind you) than trying to get children actually informed and educated about religion. They (kids, politicians and prostitutes alike) might grow up and (another shudder) choose to be religious, heaven forbid!