Agree or Disagree: Prison terms for Impaired Driving.


We are coming up to a Federal Election. You can tell by the Campaign promises and pledges this week.

One of them came from the Federal Conservatives. They are proposing a maximum 6 year jail sentence for those guilty of impaired driving.

You can read the article here.

Do you Agree or Disagree with this?

Agree or Disagree: This Edmonton bus driver should be punished.


You may have saw this video.

It’s a video of an Edmonton Bus Driver tossing a kid out and pulled away.

Many were angered by this.

Then, this story came out.

It turned out that the Edmonton Bus Driver had a pretty good reason. There is a video of the kid hitting him and reports of threats. He felt he had no choice.

The Edmonton Catholic School Board apologized for asking him to be fired. However, the Bus Driver, along with the two children involved, have been suspended.

You and I may remember being on a school bus. You and I also remember some of the stuff your bus driver out up with. Fights. Yelling. Food being thrown. It is not easy to be a bus driver. There is a lot of abuse. This is not an excuse, but perhaps something to think about.

However, the other side might argue, and is mentioned in the news story, that the primary role of the bus driver is the safety of all of the kids. And although the children involved crossed the line, the bus driver is the adult here. He is expected to act like an adult. (I’ll let you interpret that.)

So, if you were in charge here, what would you want to have happen? Would you punish him with a suspension? Or, even worse, would you actually fire him?

Do you Agree or Disagree he should be punished?

Agree or Disagree: Alberta’s New School Curriculum will have a negative impact on students


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School.

Some love it.

Some hate it. .

However, we all know how important education is going forward.

There are many parents and educators that have been concerned about Alberta’s new school curriculum. They are concerned that the new discovery approach to school.

To help this conversation, I will add this link  from March 2014. It’s 10 questions about the new school curriculum. It discusses why there a need for change and why some are worried.

What do you think? Will Alberta’s New School Curriculum have a negative impact on students?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Why we need GSA’s.An interview with a High School Student and Parent


Click this link for part 3 of our series of conversations around Gay Straight Alliances.

We heard from people who had some concerns about GSA’s. If you missed that, click here. It was with Jojo Ruba, Derek Fildebrandt, Terry Lo and Jeff Wilson.

The second was with Kent Hehr. If you missed that, click the link here.

This perspective is from a High School student named Caprice and her mother Diane. Caprice is in Grade 10. She is slowly opening up about who she is and her mom is there to support her.

We also heard from Kelly Hofer. If you haven’t heard his story, we touch on it briefly here. He is a Hutterite who, once he came out, cannot go back to his colony to be with his friends and family there. He has started a support group which he will talk about as well. Kelly couldn’t stay with us the whole time, but we did appreciate his perspective. If you wish to listen to his interview, listen to it here.

Oh, and Terry Lo is with us as well.

Topics we cover in our Podcast include;

Kelly’s perspective on GSA’s and the concerns from the religious community.

Diane’s experience dealing with teachers and principles in schools.

Caprice’s perspective.

A response to if an “anti-bullying” club solves the problem

A response to the parental concern argument.

Their impression on Gordon Dirks

Terry walks through how feasible Bill 10 would work with Caprice. And the logic behind it.

Follow Diane @Diegirl

Agree or Disagree: There is a right way to talk to teens about sex.


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There comes a time when this has to happen. If you are a parent, you have had this happen. The all important question, some kids ask you as a parent.

“Mom, Dad, where do babies come from?”

For someone younger, this is an easy answer. You can say, the stork, the mall, or something else simplistic.

However, there will be a time where this will not be easy. Why?

Because they will be teenagers.

And as you doubt are aware, being a teenager and the topic of sex is complex.

The  fact is 48% of teenagers will be sexually active before the age of 16. The other fact is that if they are NOT active, they are thinking about it. Because we at one time or another, we all think about sex.

So, from personal perspective , or if you are a parent of a teenager, is there a right way or a wrong way to deal with the topic of teenagers and sex? Is there any topic you should avoid with teenagers?

 

Agree or Disagree-If you could, you would homeschool your children.


There has been some discussion about this on the Internet the last week or so.

 

It started with Matt Walsh. Yes, THAT Matt Walsh! The one of Matt Walsh Blog Fame! He wrote this piece on homeschooling that seemed to cause an uproar.

http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/04/25/behold-the-two-absolutely-worst-arguments-against-homeschooling/

Now, at some point I will speak to my actual opinion of Matt Walsh. Today is not that day.

Yes, he argues for homeschool. As you will also read, he argues that children that are home schooled are more successful than those in a regular school.

However, there are those who disagree with that. This is one example. http://mylifeandkids.com/10-reasons-why-i-will-not-homeschool-my-children/

As well, I’m sure you have an opinion. Perhaps you are a parent or a child that was involved with home schooling. Or, you decided not too.

Would you home school your children? 

Agree or Disagree: Humans should desire to be married and a parent. If not, there is something wrong


As a general rule, single men should aspire to marriage and fatherhood, & if they do not there is something seriously wrong with them. 

Mark Driscoll from the book Pastor Dad.

Generally women will marry and have children so are gifted by God with the natural abilities to nurture (feed and raise) as well as educate children.

Raylan Allman fron the blog fixthefamily.com

These are two comments that have been going around the internet today discussing the roles of the father and the mother in terms of parenthood. According to both Driscoll and Allman, this is what your life should look like.

1) Finish School

2) Get married

3) Have children

4) Wife stay home and look after children. Husband should go out and work.

If this is not happening, there is something wrong with you.

This is interesting considering two things. The first thing being that the age of parenting has increased over the years. According to a BBC report,  within the last ten years,two-thirds of babies have been by fathers over the age of 30. There is another report in MaidOnline that in 2010, more than half of the babies were born to mothers over the age of 30.

The other interesting thing is this. Quite frankly, there are some that do not want to be parents. For whatever reason, there are some that do not want to. Culture, living situation, travel, health, can be some of the factors into the decision to not being a parent.

All that being said, those that are parents and are married know the difference that has made in their lives.  And those that  are parents, single or not, know the impact being one is. Be it adopting, or marrying someone with children, or birthing their own. 

Should we as humans desire to be married and a parent? And if not, is there something wrong with them?

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