Agree or Disagree: It’s time to remove the Catholic School System.


If you missed it Friday, Luke Fevin and I were on the Ryan Jespersen Show in Edmonton. It was Faith vs Atheism.

You can listen to it 

Now, some of you might have been expecting more of a battle…..and you would have been a bit disappointed. Because we didn’t “fight”. We had more of a discussion. Part of the reason for that is this was a unique opportunity. It’s very rare that a radio show goes into something like this. So, there was some unpacking to do. There still is.

However, there was a debate.Specifically around the issue of Catholic Schools. And the question around if there is a need for a Catholic School System. Here is where I see benefit for a Catholic School System.

-There are still over 800,000 Catholics in Alberta. There would be many families that do benefit from this. There is a sense of community and connection and shared values. It is an opportunity for families to have additional education and exposure to their religion other than the home.

That being said, there are some concerns. First, how they handled the GSA issue. Many Catholic parents and families were rightly angry on how this was handled. Which, quite frankly, was poorly. Second, the idea of a specific religious school for a religion for many seems outdated. They see religion as damaging to people.

So, while Luke and I did not unpack this as much, the topic is very important to many.  I would imagine and expect Luke and I will be involved in other dialogues like this.

But do you Agree or Disagree that it is time to remove the Catholic School System?

Please be respectful in your dialogue.

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4 responses to “Agree or Disagree: It’s time to remove the Catholic School System.

  1. Disagree. Since when did all the conversation about diversity mean shutting down diversity. There’s history, value, and benefit to the Alberta society by supporting parental choice and Catholic education. A third of Albertas students attend there. Look to our neighbours (Quebec etc) to see where this idea goes.

  2. I’m not catholic but I went to a Catholic school in the UK- it was the same as any other primary school just with more focus on the bible in assemblies, for example, or celebrating Christmas for religious reasons opposed to presents. If anything, the standard of education was impeccable. I don’t think they should be removed.

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