Recently, I heard Vancouver School Board Chair Patti Bacchus on CKNW’s Simi Sara Show, pleading for money. “We have one of the best education systems in the world, but it’s under-funded,” she whined.
But is it really “one of the best education systems in the world”? I don’t think so.
Oh, it does a few things pretty well; in mathematics, for example, standards are above-average. But an inordinate amount of classroom time is wasted—no, worse than wasted: corrupted—by allowing sex activists and radical Leftists to indoctrinate their captives.
In fact, the reason this situation came about has a lot to do with the crappy state of education in BC since the 1960s. Some of the graduates of those days—matriculants of the collapsing education system immortalized by Professor Alan Bloom in his book The Closing of the American Mind—were elected to public office in the 1980s. When they re-wrote the BC School Act, they included a statement that “public education must be secular.”
The problem was that they didn’t understand the difference between “non-sectarian” and “secular”.
“Non-sectarian”—the phrase they should have used—means public education must not indoctrinate captive students in denominational dogma.
But “secular” actually requires the public schools to indoctrinate students in Secularist dogma. You see, Secularism is not religiously neutral; it is a religion—a world-view. In fact, Secularism is the most bigoted religion of all. Its goal is the extirpation of all other faiths.
The result of that 30-year-old malapropism is that our young people today are having the moral dimensions of life scrubbed out of their consciousness, as though it were something unclean. The very moral code that made Canada one of the most desirable places on earth to live is being purposefully eradicated, because our public education system—far from being the model that the self-laudatory Patti Bachhus claims—is a moral disaster, in which captive students are indoctrinated into morally corrupt ideologies.