I find it funny that these two articles were listed together while I was reading the news over at CBC.ca.
The first article? Alberta passes law allowing parents to pull kids out of class. An article about how teachers must inform parents whenever anything about sex or religion is going to be taught in the classroom so that parents can decide to pull their kids out of class for the day. While I realize that the liberal parents of school-aged children will have no issues allowing their children to learn about sexual education and other religions, it’s disheartening to know that there are some kids who will get pulled out of class when the teacher is going to be teaching their classmates about safe sex or different religions that they may have not encountered before. The article also mentions that it creates a loophole for teachers to be subject to human rights complaints. That being said, can children be excused from class by the wishes of a parent if the teacher is going to be speaking about Christianity, creationism and heterosexuality?
Secondly, was this great little article called Expand sex ed to all grades comes from Ontario.Which suggests starting age-appropriate sex ed as young as kindergarten. And I realize that Alberta and Ontario are fairly far apart, but I do feel that it’s rather sad that while one province will be limiting the amount of education that the children in the public education system will be receiving, another province is considering expanding their education in order to have the kids be educated on topics that do matter to them. But… oh well…
Anyways, work went pretty… slowly today. Not a whole lot to comment on that, or anything else for that matter today… I had a moment today when I was feeling pretty helpless and inadequate. That was hardly any fun, of course. But do you ever get the feeling that you’re just not… good enough?
But anyways, that’s depressing, and getting me into a not-so-cheerful mood again. So… On the topic of actually doing things this summer… I’m making some form of progress on my plans to “actually do something”. I’m working on a new crochet project (I keep on picking the up, doing something and then setting it aside – it’s a curse, I swear!). I’ve hung out with friends a few times and hopefully there’ll be more of that. Have been spend an absurd amount of time at work (hence the phrase ‘full time’). Also have been reading, watching tv and, in general, avoiding my father. Now that the first full month of my summer vacation (Is it still called a “vacation” if you’re technically off from school but working 40 hour weeks?) has been completed, I must say that I’m rather pleased with what I’ve done so far. Started off slow, but I’ve actually been… not spending every single weekend at home. Win. =)
- When’s the last time that you had a ‘real’ vacation?
- What’s one thing that you have been feeling today?
- What are you looking forward to the most in the month of June?
- Umm… The three days between my last exam and my first day of work for the summer term?
- Inadequate (or insignificant, that one works too)
- I’m not quite sure yet, but when I figure it out, I’ll let you know.