Concerned Parents Protest Peel School Board in Heated Meeting, Get Kicked Out

Concerned Parents Protest Peel School Board in Heated Meeting, Get Kicked Out

Parents concerned about the Peel Board’s accommodation of Muslim religious practices in public schools, continued their efforts to be heard by attending a meeting on Wednesday night adamantly expressing their objections and things got a little heated and a Koran was torn up and thrown. 

Janet McDougald, chair of the Peel board, told CBC Toronto that “a small but vocal group” have been attending board meetings for the last two months “specifically to make it known they are against Muslim prayer in schools.”

She said that police were forced to clear the meeting on Wednesday after some attendees shouted comments about Shariah law and the Islamic indoctrination of children.

On May 6, 2010, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada released a paper on education in Ontario, revealing data showing that public school enrolment is decreasing and independent school enrolment is increasing. The paper further highlights that in spite of declining enrolment, funding for public schools is increasing.

The purpose of that paper was to show the hard numbers, and highlight that the Ontario education system is not adapting to the desires of Ontario parents who are choosing alternatives to the public system. The question remains: Why are Ontario parents leaving the public school system?

For many, a decline in academic quality is the motivation. Public schools have gotten to a point where children are not even learning to write anymore. Incompetence is often rewarded and children are not challenged to succeed like they once were. Children are generally taught a watered-down, usually Liberal leaning, version of history and they are taught those views. Others are concerned about religion in public institutions where they have no place. 

Parents concerned with the actions of the Peel School Board might want to consider taking their money and children out of that environment and selecting a school that focuses on providing a quality education because public schools are deeply failing taxpayers and Canadians to cater to political correctness. 

Should you rip up a religious text? Probably not. Should you be concerned about the quality of education your child is receiving and what your tax dollars are funding? Absolutely. 

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