On the block is Motion 503 brought forward by Kent Hehr which reads as follows:
"Be it resolved that the Legislative Assembly urge the Government to introduce legislation, like Manitoba’s and Ontario’s, requiring all school boards to develop policies to support students who want to lead and establish gay-straight alliance activities and organizations, using any name that is consistent with the promotion of a positive school environment that is inclusive, welcoming, and respectful for all students regardless of sexuality, sexual orientation, or gender identity."
Now I know Mr. Hehr has good intentions with this motion, but I disagree with the whole idea of Government mandating social values of any type into the education system. Much the same as Bill 44 (which I loathed), albeit opposite...we are being asked for the Government to be able to dictate what morals our children receive in the education system. In my opinion it is unacceptable and a slippery slope.
What I truly believe this motion does is place our children in a situation created by adults. I believe in general our youth are a very accepting generation. Just today I read the comment by Kent " I'm not worried about people's religious values. " This confirms the point I am getting at. Whether he see a division or not he is causing is another issue. A social engineering experiment with our children at best.
Personally when it comes to politicians and the education system, let's leave it at education. Reading, math, and sciences, etc... Let's have them concentrate on repairing the ailing systems, building schools, and building curriculum. Let's leave the teaching of morals and social values to the families raising them, for that is where it belongs.
I look forward to the expected debate.