Why religion shouldn’t be part of public education

In the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, there’s is currently a debate about sexual education in schools and about whether religion should or shouldn’t be part of public education.

Religious individuals, parents and priests sit on boards of parents of many public schools. Their goal is to spread their Catholic beliefs, including opposition to abortion, homosexuality and women’s equality.

Armed with their respective beliefs, all major religions seek to control the sexuality of their faithful. Catholic fundamentalists are now trying to control what some children will learn in Quebec and Ontario and we can’t let them win this one. We need to stand up and clearly say that in this country religion shouldn’t be part of public education.

Religion - Education

As far as I’m concerned, there is only one acceptable answer: no child or teenager will be denied sex education because of the religion of her or his parents, no matter which one.

Religion does not belong in schools. Even less in terms of sex education. Since the cancellation of sex education classes in the 2000s, kids have turned to porn to get the information they seek. Unfortunately, porn is violent and degrading for women. It teaches twisted ideas about sexuality to children and teenagers. It’s a disaster. We are ruining our children by keeping in the dark.

One of the problem with most religion is that it is a boy’s club. As long as women are excluded from the priesthood, Catholic dogmas will remain what they are: misogynistic and homophobic.

Considering that pedophile priests continue to rage around the world. The Church’s credibility with respect to human sexuality and equal rights is non existent.

Who was Elizabeth Blackwell?

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first American woman (originally from England) to go to medical school and she was admitted as a joke. Yes, you read that right.

This brave woman who believed she could achieve anything applied to Geneva Medical School in 1847, but male students though it was a prank so they all voted her in as a joke. Thanks to this, she graduated in 2 years from medical school.

What was Elizabeth Blackwell’s other accomplishments?

Blackwell then went on to co-established and taught at a London women’s school to help more women become doctors. She was therefore a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine. She also opened an infirmary for the poor, and started her own practice.

Why did Elizabeth Blackwell apply to medical school in the first place?

Blackwell’s motivation to go into medicine came after her friend fell ill. This friend suggested that if a female doctor had cared for her, she might not have suffered so much.

She had a strong sense of empathy and sensitivity to human suffering as well as a strong desire for social and economic justice.

History of dreadlocks

February is just around the corner and it represents Black History Month. In honour of Black History month, I’ve decided to talk about an issue that’s been all over the news, radio and internet recently: Dreadlocks.

The Natural Hair Movement

The natural hair movement is helping to set off a resurgence in dreadlocks in recent years. They have made great strides to change the way people view dreadlocks. They also have made great progress towards changing the idea that the only acceptable style are the ones worn by Caucasians.

Some people still believe that those who have dreadlocks are drug users or nature loving vegetarians. Others still believe that people who wear dreadlocks do not practise good hygiene. I could go on.

Thankfully, I do believe we are at a time when dreadlocks aren’t associated with negative traits and so they are now more common in the workplace, as it should be.

Cultural Appropriation

History of dreadlocks

There are many who argue that wearing dreadlocks when you are Caucasian shows respect and admiration. I know that some individuals from the black community would agree.

I personally don’t, because most white people who I have known to wear the dreadlocks don’t know anything about it’s history. How can you admire something that you don’t know anything about?

I also think that as long as black people are forced to cut their hair or change their hairstyle while white people are allowed to get away with the same styles, we can’t call it admiration. Being white and purposely wearing dreadlocks is currently racist and it’s cultural appropriation.

Don’t try and say vikings wore dreads. They didn’t. Vikings plaited their hair, which is quite different. Plaits are a kind of braid. Dreads are a kind of hair lock meant for black hair. The two are not the same and shouldn’t be treated as such.

Who invented the dreadlocks?

According to historians, Ancient Egyptian pharaohs did also wore dreadlocks, which appeared on tomb carvings, drawings and other artifacts. Thousands of years later, mummified bodies have been recovered with their dreadlocks still intact. Unless you are Egyptian, you cannot use this historical fact to excuse cultural appropriation.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is an international memorial day held on 27 January. The goal is to commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. The fact that that many of our youth don’t even know this because it isn’t properly taught in schools is pretty sad.

For today’s observance, my wish is…

My wish is that people around the world would take time to remember everything that the Holocaust has to teach us. It’s therefore important to understand and reflect upon the evil that was done and the depths to which humanity can sink. It’s also that there was also compassion, bravery, and goodness that emerges even in the darkest of times.

The words that you use matter.

Words of hate and discrimination have consequences. We can see these consequences in the terror murder of Muslims, women, minorities and Jews. The problem is, that many of the people speaking these words of hate are happy with these consequences. Others speak them out of habit or to simply agree with someone without realizing that they are feeding violence.

Somehow, we need to turn it into consequences the promulgators are not happy with. We all need to stand together to stop these people spreading hate. We need to say that there is a limit to free speech. You can’t hide behind it to encourage hate and violence.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21st marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Please don’t forget to care about race on the 364 days that aren’t Martin Luther King Jr. day.

A lot of things were legal before people took a stand and refused to accept status quo, let’s stand firmly on the right side of history this time. That’s why Martin Luther King Jr. is such an inspiration to all and to this day.

Why is Sir John A. Macdonald still an official commemorative day in Canada?

January 11th is Sir Jonh A. Macdonald Day in Canada. I’m wondering why is Sir John A.  Macdonald still an official commemorative day in Canada? He was removed on our $5 bills after all.

Yes, he was the 1st prime minister of Canada. It was an important moment in our country’s history and yes, we should teach children about him and what happened during that period. What I dislike is the planning of activities to celebrate this man. We should be learning about him, but celebrating a man who created a policy to starve first nation people to death.

The statue of Sir John A. Macdonald has been vandalized several times since November 2017 amid calls for the statue to come down as part of a fight against racism and colonialism.

I’m not saying we should erase the 1st prime minister of Canada from history. On the contrary, a Nation must realize its failures and bare witness to the truth or history will and has repeated itself. What I’m saying is that we should show him for the man he really was and not celebrate him as a hero.

Jupiter’s moons

On this day, January 7th, in 1610 Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer, discovered three of Jupiter’s moons; Io, Europa and Ganymede.

Here are some facts about Jupiter and it’s moons:

  1. Ganymede is the largest of Jupiter’s moons. It’s larger than the planet Mercury.
  2. Calypso is the 2nd largest of Jupiter’s moons. It’s almost as large as the planet Mercury.
  3. Jupiter is the 4th brightest object in the sky.
  4. Jupiter is one of the 5 planets visible to the naked eye from Earth.
  5. Jupiter has the shortest days of all the planets in our solar system.
  6. Jupiter’s ring is composed mainly of dust particles.
  7. The famous red spot on Jupiter is a huge storm. It’s been raging for more than 350 years.

Golden Gate Bridge

On this day in 1933 construction of the Golden Gate Bridge started in San Francisco, USA. The Golden Gate bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco. It’s one of the most photographed bridge in the world.

Here are some facts about the Golden Gate Bridge you may not be aware off:

  1. The initial results estimated that constructing a bridge would cost $100 million. In the end, it took a little over four years to build the bridge, and the total cost of the project was $35 million.
  2. Take out any element of a suspension bridge, and the structure won’t stay standing for long.
  3. The last rivet in the Golden Gate Bridge is solid gold.
  4. The roadway across the Golden Gate Bridge rises and falls as much as 16 feet depending on the temperature.
  5. The top of the Golden Gate Bridge is almost two inches wider than the base because of the curvature of the Earth. Take that flat earthers.

World Braille Day

World Braille Day commemorates the birth of Louis Braille, a French education who invented a system to read and write for the blind. Louis Braille was blinded has a result of an accident while he was still only a child. While still a student there, he began developing a system of tactile code that could allow blind people to read and write quickly and efficiently.

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