It’s time for an episode of the good-ol-days, in a fashion expressed by your ever reminiscent father. Remember the days when parents parented? Or the days when parents were allowed to parent? Three words: designated spanking paddles.
Now the Canadian government has stuck its Pinocchio-sized nose in parenting once again, saying parents needn’t know the whereabouts of their loose-wristed offspring.
The provincial government wants new rules around gay-straight alliances to be in place for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, at the latest.
Pause. Gay-Straight Alliances are student-run organizations where little social justice turds get together in a safe space to talk about how hard their lives are. Impoverished Africa. Move there.
Bill 24 prevents Alberta schools from notifying parents if their child joins a GSA. It passed Wednesday morning in the legislature 42-23.
Okay, see here’s the problem. The state schools (always say “state” instead of public, sounds creepier) have decided to act in loco parentis for these little gay-loving chitlins. Meaning if Skylar or Tyrone joins GSA, mommy, daddy, or step-mom (step-dad, step-dad’s girlfriend, etc), will not be notified. The state will act on your behalf.
“Teachers have been looking forward to this clarity, so I think compliance around the law will be based on education, acceptance and internalization of the law to realize it’s the right thing to do.” [Education Minister David Eggen]
The “right thing to do” being determined, again, by the state. Not by parents. Let that sink in.
“I really don’t need them sniping around the edges and somehow undermining the good work and safe place we’ve now created with Bill 24,” Eggen said.
We’ve long railed against the problems of an increasingly powerful government. People have called us paranoid bigots. But here we have a state school shunning parents. If ever we could apply the term “problematic” it’s now.