Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: First Amendment No Big Deal, Students Say
In Alberta, Canada, the cirriculum is set by the Province. All schools must use it.
The "citizenship" program goes on at length about "responsibility" and essentially teaches conformity. Social action programs came about in the late 60's and eraly 70's and have been pretty much eliminated.
We have a "conservative" provincial goverment that has a huge majority of house seats thanks to the first-past-the-post electroal system. The Premier rules the house with an iron fist, holding plum cabinet posts for go-alongs. It's a thinly disguised dictatorship.
The main problem we have is that our population votes conservative regardless of policy. We have been punished with huge user-fees and giant leaps in utility costs thanks to deregualtion. We slashed education funding and then blame schools for "inefficient" spending of what they have left. People complain, and then vote the buggers back in.
Teacher bashing is the provincial sport here. We blame them for pretty much every ill. Crime? Bad teachers didn't teach 'dem kids to behave. And on and on at length.
The one thing that Canada did do was not pass a "Patriot Act." Not for lack of trying. The Federal gov't gave it a helluva shot, but it crashed and burned. Somehow, even the right-wingers thought that no restrictions on search and seizure powers of police was not a good thing. We have a watered down version that has little effect. Thank goooood.
I'm really trying to see things from your perspective, but I'm having trouble getting my head up my ass