Parents should not be pitted against their children. This is particularly true is education where the best indicator of a child's success in education is parents who take an interest and get involved. Our policies, as a school board, should be focused on making parental involvement as easy as possible; not on driving a wedge between parents and their children.
Sadly, our Premier recently said that telling parents their kids have joined as GSA is "super cruel". A majority of our current Edmonton Public School Board agree with her.
Why does our current school board think parents want to hurt their children?
Common sense tells us that the vast majority of parents love their children deeply, and that families are the best support network a child struggling with his or her sexuality can have. So why does Premier Notley assume that most parents are "super cruel"?
Parents are responsible for making decisions to protect the well-being of their children. Because more information allows for more informed decisions, it stands to reason that by keeping the activities of children from their parents we are hurting them. I believe it is more cruel to hurt the well-being of children than it is to keep parents informed and able to make the right decisions.
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