Last time I wrote about the lack of secular education in Morinville (in Alberta, Canada), parent Donna Hunter was on a mission to get at least one secular school in the area to combat the four Catholic schools. The school board rejected her request in January, but they were conducting a survey (read: stalling) to see how many other parents felt the way Hunter did.
There’s an update to this story, but it’s not a great one.
“We need to protect our kids,” Hunter said this week. “We shouldn’t have to move. But for me, my life has been this struggle. And I see my children and the education they’re receiving and I just need to put them in a place where they’re receiving a real public education.”
She says she’s not giving up, though:
“I want to see this through,” Hunter said. “I want to be everything I can for the parents who aren’t in a position where they can move.”
“The fact that our public school board can still say ‘No, you’re not allowed a secular education,’ is ridiculous,” Hunter said.
“The bottom line is they’re a public board. If there’s a secular option desired by parents, there’s an obligation to provide it,” [Education Minister Dave] Hancock said this week. “How you provide it obviously depends on the number of students involved and what options are available from that.”
Hunter’s doing what she has to do to get her kids a proper education. I don’t blame her. But it is tougher to care about whether Morinville gets a secular school when you’re not directly affected by the decision. Here’s hoping other parents can carry the torch and keep fighting for an education not tarnished by Jesus and religious rituals.
(Thanks to Kirby for the link)